Photographer: Christine Fenzl


Born in Basel in Switzerland, Emanuela von Frankenberg trained at the Max-Reinhardt-Seminar in Vienna and was engaged at the prestigious Burgtheater while still a student. During the intendancies of Achim Benning and Claus Peymann, she acted under the direction of Dieter Giesing, Hans Lietzau, Rudolf Noelte, Otto Schenk, Achim Benning and Benno Besson in numerous plays, including main roles in »The Wild Duck«, »Spring Awakening«, »Othello«, »In the Jungle of Cities«, »The Cherry Orchard«, »A Month in the Country«, »The Seagull«, »The New Mendoza«, »Pains of Youth«, »Peer Gynt« and many others.

Thereafter she guested at almost all prominent German-language theatres: Cologne Schauspielhaus, Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg (in »The Duchess of Malfi« directed by Peter Zadek), Schauspielhaus Stuttgart under Ivan Nagel, Residenztheater Munich, Kammerspiele Hamburg, Schauspielhaus Zurich and Freie Volksbühne Berlin.

Emanuela von Frankenberg has worked with directors such as Hans Neuenfels, Peter Zadek, Jürgen Flimm, Christoph Nel, Peter Palitzsch and many more. Under the direction of Arie Zinger, she played Sasha in »Platonov« at the Schauspielhaus Stuttgart, she performed in »Hedda Gabler« at the Schauspielhaus Zurich and she played Hilde Wangel in »The Master Builder« at the Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin.

She performed in Horvath’s »Figaro Gets a Divorce« directed by Luc Bondy at the Wiener Festwochen. At the same time she played Amy in the German-language premiere of David Hare’s »Amy’s View« at the Volkstheater Vienna.

At the Stuttgart Opernhaus Emanuela von Frankenberg embodied Constanze in Mozart’s »Die Entführung aus dem Serail« in an award-winning production by Hans Neuenfels, which toured as far as Hong Kong.

In 2008 she played Viola in Shakespeare’s »Twelfth Night« and Laura in August Strindberg’s »The Father« (Zurich).

In Hamburg she played the role of Eva in the German-language premiere of Ingmar Bergmann’s »Autumn Sonata«.

Under the direction of Wilfried Minks, Emanuela von Frankenberg played, amongst others with Ben Becker, the role of Blanche in »A streetcar named desire«. With this play she gave guest perfomances from 2007 to 2010 at St. Pauli Theater in Hamburg, at Renaissance Theater in Berlin, in Austria and at Ruhrfestspiele in Recklinghausen.

In 2010 Emanuela von Frankenberg played Maria Lwowna in »Summerfolk« (60th anniversary of the Bad Hersfeld Festspiele / direction and stage design: Jean-Claude Berutti, Rudi Sabounghi). She also filmed »Silberkiesel« and »Weihnachten unter Palmen«.

Emanuela von Frankenberg was awarded the Swissperform Award for the film »Verstrickt und Zugenäht«, and her film »Hunkeler und der Fall Livius« won the Swiss Film Prize in 2011.

In the years 2011 to 2014 Emanuela von Frankenberg played due to the huge success again at the Bad Hersfeld Festspiele where she played under the direction of Holk Freytag the part of the 80-year old, blind seer Jorge von Burgos in »The Name of the Rose«.

In the »Kunstgenüsse« series of the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, she appeared as part of the Roberto Matta Exhibition with musician Christian Dierstein.

In 2014 Emanuela von Frankenberg again filmed 13 episodes of the successful TV series, »Um Himmels Willen«. She also played the female lead in the premiere of »Total Glücklich« by Silke Hassler (under the direction of Jean-Claude Berutti) at the Theater in der Josefstadt (Kammerspiele Vienna).

In 2013 she was awarded the Culture Prize for Drama by Canton Solothurn, Switzerland.

In 2014 Emanuela von Frankenberg played the role of Gretchen at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden directed by Bartlett Sher (Tony Award winner) of the United States in the opera »Faust« by Charles Gounod, with Erwin Schrott as Mephistopheles and Charles Castronovo as Faust. Musical direction was by Thomas Hengelbrock (guest performance 2015).

In 2015 Emanuela von Frankenberg is again featuring in 13 new episodes of the TV series, »Um Himmels Willen«. Furthermore, she plays in the ZDF three-part event „Ku‘damm 56“ (script Anette Hess, direction Sven Bohse), broadcasted in 2016.

In 2017 Emanuela von Farnkenberg belonged to the main cast of SWR-Production »Wilder«, nominated for Prix Walo. And, since 2001 until today, she is performing as sister Agnes in the sucessful ARD-TV-production: »Um Himmels Willen«.

Since march 2018 she was performing the female main part in Daniel Kehlmann’s new theatre play: »Heilig Abend«, together with actor Marcus Signer (Switzerland, and other guest performances (direction: Georg Darvas).

In 2018 Emanuela von Frankenberg played in the movie »Relativity« under the direction of Mariko Minoguchi.

Recently Emanuela von Frankenberg shot several new films: »Exit-Nachspiel« (Director Sebastian Marka), »Draussen der Sturm« (Director Eva  Neidlinger), »Cade Birds – Until we are free or dead« (Oliver Rihs). She also played Romeo’s mother, a major fictional speaking role in the opera »I Capuleti e il Montecchi-Romeo and Juliette« from Vinzenzo Bellini at PKOW Schlossfestspiele Wernigerode (Direction C. Fitzner, B. Kronshage).

In 2021 Emanuela can be seen in TV in 13 new episodes of »Um Himmels Willen«.

Since October 2020 Emanuela von Frankenberg can be seen on stage in a new production of the Vienna State Opera, »The Abduction from the Serail« by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, directed by Hans Neuenfels, Conductor Antonello Manacorda.

(more performances June 21, March 22 and 2023)






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» Um Himmels Willen « TV (main cast)

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» Um Himmels Willen « TV (main cast)

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» Um Himmels Willen « TV (main cast)

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» Wilder «, (main cast) 6 parts, 90 min

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» Um Himmels Willen « (main cast)

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» Um die Ecke gedacht - Die Rosenheimcops «

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» Um Himmels Willen « (main cast)

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» Hunkeler und die Augen des Ödipus «

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» Um Himmels Willen « (main cast)

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» Weihnachten unter Palmen «, 90 min (main cast)

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» Silberkiesel «, 90 min

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» Um Himmels Willen « (main cast)

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» Verstrickt und Zugenäht « TV-Film Schweiz (main cast)

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» Um Himmels Willen « (main cast)

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» Heldin der Lüfte « Film

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» Hunkeler und der Fall Livius «, 90 min

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» Tag und Nacht «

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» Weihnachten in Kalthenthal «, 90 min

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» Um Himmels Willen « (main cast)

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» Hunkeler macht Sachen «, 90 min

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» Um Himmels Willen « (main cast)

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» Grenzgänger « Film

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» Soko Wismar «

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» Die Wolke « Film

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» Um Himmels Willen « (main cast)

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» Fremde im Paradies «, 90 min

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» Hunkeler – Das Paar im Kahn «, 90 min

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» Um Himmels Willen « (main cast)

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» Farland « Film

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» Inspektor Rolle «

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» Zwei sind einer zuviel «

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» Le Studio qui Fait Pleurer « Film

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» Bildfang « Film

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» Die Wende « Film

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» Die Mitspeisenden « Film

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» Kieselsteine « Film

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» Phantomas « Film

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