is a director in the field of opera and theatre. He is also the General Manager and Artistic Director of Komische Oper Berlin. As a director he is working in international houses suchas Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, The Bayreuth Festival, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Teatro Real Madrid, Oper Frankfurt, The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the English National Opera London, Opernhaus Zürich and the Opernhaus Amsterdam, as well as at houses such as Deutsches Theater Berlin and Schauspiel Frankfurt. He was the Artistic Director of The Adelaide Festival in 1996, Artistic Co-Director of Schauspielhaus Wien from 2001–2005 and since 2012 he manages Komische Oper Berlin as General Manager and Artistic Director. He has been awarded several prizes for his productions, such as the Theaterpreis Der Faust for his production of Aus einem Totenhaus
2009, the Laurence Olivier Award for Castor et Pollux
2011 and the International Opera Award in the category Director of the Year in 2014. His ensemble at Komische Oper Berlin received the International Opera Award in the category Ensemble of the Year 2015 and the house was awarded Opera house of the Year 2012. In 2016 he was named Director of the Year by the international magazine Opernwelt and in 2018 his production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
with The Bayreuth Festival was announced as Production of the year.