Aya Makarova is opera critic specializing in Regietheater/Director’s theatre. Author of the book “Theatre of the Sublime. Martin Kušej as Opera Director” (2017; in Russian), and co-editor and contributor of collected book “How to Watch Opera” (2018; in Russian). Expert for the Russian National Theatre Award “The Golden Mask” (2017/2018). Writes critique and reviews for major Russian-language media as well as for the German-language magazine “Die Opernwelt”.