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Manuel Schmitt comes from Mülheim an der Ruhr. At the Bavarian Theater Academy August Everding in Munich, he completed his directing studies for music and drama with a production of Philipp Glass' Galileo Galilei. He then studied philosophy at the Munich School of Philosophy. He holds a scholarship from the Richard Wagner Association Munich and plays the piano and cello. 

Manuel Schmitt has staged productions including Boris Blacher's Romeo und Julia at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Benjamin Brittens The Prodigal Son and The Burning Fiery Furnace, at the Oper Frankfurt Die Perlenfischer and Rossini's Otello at the Musiktheater im Revier, Die Großherzogin von Gerolstein at the Theater Trier, and the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. At the Nuremberg State Theater, he staged McNally's Master Class and the world premiere of Alpha - Ein Männerabend, as well as the world premiere of Requiem für einen Lebenden for the Bavarian State Opera Festival. He also directed the German-language production of the Broadway musical Ghost-Nachricht von Sam. At the Library of Alexandria in Egypt he stages Bizets Carmen and Mozarts Don Giovanni. His documentary film Glass Between Us was shown at international film festivals. For this work Manuel Schmitt was awarded "best director of a short documentary" by the International Filmmaker Festival Berlin. He regularly accepts invitations to guest lectureships at the Faculty of Cultural Studies at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich.

For a detailed CV please send an email to:

manuel.schmitt88 (at)

Foto: Stefan Loeber

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