Stage director

Jan Schmidt-Garre


Fidelio in St Gallen

Jan Schmidt-Garre is back as a guest at the St. Gallen Theatre where he continues exploring the German opera-repertory: Following Korngold’s Die tote Stadt in St. Gallen and Strauss’ Arabella in Leipzig, he focuses now on the staging of Beethoven’s one and only opera Fidelio.

At the outset of his career Jan Schmidt-Garre made a name for himself as a movie director concentrating on topics in the field of music. Already the 1999 release of his documentary-film "Opera Fanatic" received enthusiastic acclaim from all sides of the opera world. He has meanwhile arrived at a number of 15 documentary films with the subject of music, however mostly focussing on vocal art. The next upcoming project which he is just arranging concerns an opera of virtual reality called „360° Figaro“.

Opening-night of Fidelio in St. Gallen on March 15, 2018.


Arabella in Leipzig

After staging Massenet's Manon and Korngold's Die tote Stadt at the St Gallen Theatre, Jan Schmidt-Garre is now making his debut on German opera stage with Richard Strauss' Arabella at the Leipzig Opera. Opening night on June 18, 2016.

Jan Schmidt-Garre first made his mark as movie director with topics focused on music and art (his documentary "Opera Fanatic" for instance was highly acclaimed in the opera world). Due to his passion and knowledge concerning opera and having even graduated from studies of stage direction and conducting, he developed the idea to direct operas. Meanwhile his wish has become true!


From the cinema to the opera - a happy stage director

Jan Schmidt-Garre first made his mark as film maker with topics in connection with music and art (his documentary "Opera Fanatic" for instance was acclaimed in the world of opera). Being a passionate adept of the opera and having received an education in stage direction as well as conducting, he has developed the idea to stage opera. It was the Director of the St Gall Opera who gave him this opportunity. A first success with Manon by Massenet was recently followed by Die tote Stadt by Korngold with Vincent Lemaire as a set designer.

Die tote Stadt will be revived in this season in St Gall from 25 September 2014 on.