German Stage Director Daniel Witzke makes his company debut with OSJ, serving as stage director for Don Giovanni. Mr. Witzke works extensively in both Opera and Musical Theatre in Europe and the United States. He was originally trained as a professional singer and actor in Vienna, Berlin and Hamburg pursuing a career onstage.
As Staff Director at the Wiener Staatsoper he was responsible for directing, reviving and assisting on more than twenty productions including Nabucco, Tristan und Isolde, Tosca, Turandot, Aida and Die Fledermaus. International career highlights include Hamburgische Staatsoper (La Forza del Destino), Spoleto Festival USA (Don Giovanni), and the Bregenzer Festspiele (Tosca). Mr. Witzke was appointed Artistic Director for the original German production of Elton John`s Broadway-Hit Musical Aida in 2003.
Beyond his activities in opera and musical theatre Mr. Witzke is one of the most respected and accomplished producers for new American musicals in the German-speaking world. With his former production company Big Fish Theatre Productions he has directed a number of highly acclaimed German premiere productions such as Jason Robert Brown’s The Last 5 Years and Songs For A New World, Maury Yeston`s December Songs among others. He has worked as audition and acting coach for over 15 years and has translated a number of original Off-Broadway Musicals into German.
Mr. Witzke was recently appointed Resident Assistant Director for Seattle Opera in May 2012. During the 2013-14 season, he collaborates with renowned Scottish stage director Paul Curran on Baden-Baden 1927 for Gotham Chamber Opera in New York City. In 2014 he will work on new productions for West Bay Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera, and will celebrate his Opera Colorado company debut with a new production of The Magic Flute in May 2015.
He is a member of AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists) and is currently residing in Santa Cruz, CA, with his fiancee, Sarah.