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Thomas Mittmann

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(stage director)

Thomas Mittmann graduated from the Opera classes at the State University of Music and Drama Hanover in 1978. He began his career as an assistant director, working in various opera theatres across Europe, such as Opera Cologne, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Bremen Theatre, Spoleto Festival (1982–88); as an assistant director, producer and director in Hamburg State Opera (1988–93, working with Harry Kupfer, Johannes Schaaf, John Neumeier, Nikolaus Lehnhoff among others) and as a personal assistant to Giancarlo del Monaco (1996–98). In 1998–2008 he was a free-lance director, having directed approximately 40 operas, operettas and musicals. Since 2008 he is a Professor for Stage Establishment and Head of the Opera School at the Academy for Music in Detmold, and since 2010 he is also the Dean of the Singing Department. Thomas Mittmann is a guest director at the Musikverein Graz (Austria), Classionata Festival (Switzerland) and the Coburger Sommeroperette (Germany). His productions for Hamburg State Opera include Suppé’s “Die schöne Galathée” (1991), Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Mozart and Salieri” (1992), Offenbach’s “Ba-Ta-Clan” and “Häuptling Abendwind” (2006), for Bremen Theatre: Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” (1991), Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underworld” (2008), for Vienna Chamber Opera: Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” (1998), for Augsburg Theatre: Hindemith’s “News of the Day” (2000), Mascagni’s “Cavalleria rusticana”, Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci”, Wagner’s “Der fliegende Holländer” (all in 2001), Martinů’s “The Three Wishes” (2002, voted “Production of the Year” by the Augsburg audience), Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”, Eugen d’Albert’s “The Black Orchid” (2003), Kálmán’s “Die Herzogin von Chicago” (2004) and Mozart’s “Idomeneo” (2005), for the Giessen City Theatre: Suppé’s “Die schöne Galathée” (2000) and Rossini’s “Il barbiere di Siviglia” (2001), for Lübeck Theatre: Loewe’s “My Fair Lady” (2003) and Herman’s “La Cage aux folles” (2004), for Bremenhaven City Theatre: Verdi’s “Rigoletto” (2005), Bizet’s “Carmen” (2006), for Pforzheim City Theatre: Lortzing’s “Der Wildschütz” (2006) and Lehár’s “Paganini” (2007), for Musikverein Graz: Rossini’s “Il signor Bruschino”.

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