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Jan Eßinger

Jan Eßinger’s busy schedule this season includes new stagings of Faust at Theater Detmold (selected as the very first new production of the house's incoming artistic director), Hänsel und Gretel at Theater Bielefeld, and Albert Herring at Theater Koblenz. He makes his Bregenz Festival debut in August 2019 with a new production of Eugene Onegin.

After turning freelance in the 2017/18 season, the German director oversaw the transfer of his production of L’Enfant et les sortilèges and L’heure espagnole to Opernhaus Zürich, where it premiered in January 2018. His staging of the Ravel double bill was previously shown at Theater Winterthur in May 2017.

After his successful directorial debut at Opernhaus Zürich with Martinů’s Alexander Twice in the 2013/14 season, he stepped in the following fall to direct Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, replacing the ill Willy Decker. Opera News wrote that the production was ‘so seamless and convincing … that one would never have guessed there had been any transfer of responsibility’. In May 2015 he directed the Swiss premiere of Oscar Strasnoy’s opera Slutchai/Fälle with the International Opera Studio in Zürich.

From 2010 to 2013, he worked as a revival director at the Komische Oper Berlin and was subsequently engaged in the same role at Opernhaus Zürich until the summer of 2017. In Berlin and Zürich he collaborated with major stage directors such as Barrie Kosky, Andreas Homoki, Sebastian Baumgarten, Calixto Bieito, Stefan Herheim, Herbert Fritsch, Dmitri Tcherniakov, Christof Loy and Willy Decker.

Born in 1983 in Darmstadt, Jan Eßinger studied music theater directing at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Hamburg. His student productions were shown at the Gaussstrasse annexe of the Thalia Theater and the Munich Biennale, before he completed his studies with a staging of Pfitzner’s Das Christ-Elflein. As an assistant director, he worked at opera houses in Vienna, Hamburg, Leipzig, Karlsruhe, Nice and Geneva, as well as the Bayreuth Festival, Wiener Festwochen and Bregenz Festival.