Jan Eßinger

Jan Eßinger

Stage Director

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Jan Eßinger, born in 1983 in Darmstadt, studied music theater directing at the University of Music and Performing Arts Hamburg. During his studies, his productions were u.a. at Thalia Theater / Gaussstrasse and at the Munich Biennale, before finishing with Pfitzner's DAS CHRIST-ELFLEIN. Directed work and assistance led Jan Eßinger u.a. to the opera houses in Vienna, Hamburg, Leipzig, Karlsruhe, Nice and Geneva, to the Bayreuth Festival as well as to the Wiener Festwochen and the Bregenz Festival.
From 2010 to 2013, Jan Eßinger was the director of the Komische Oper Berlin and then engaged in the same role until the summer of 2017 at the Zurich Opera House. At these houses he was u.a. through the collaboration with directors such as Barrie Kosky, Andreas Homoki, Sebastian Baumgarten, Calixto Bieito, Stefan Herheim, Herbert Fritsch, Dmitri Tcherniakov, Christof Loy and Willy Decker coined.
After his successful directorial debut at the Zurich Opera House with TWICE ALEXANDER (Bohuslav Martinů) in the 2013/14 season, Jan Eßinger took over the direction of Benjamin Britten's THE TURN OF THE SCREW for the ill Willy Decker the following autumn. In 2015 he directed the Swiss premiere of the opera SLUTCHAI - FÄLLE by Oscar Strasnoy with the International Opera Studio in Zurich.
In May 2017 Jan Eßinger's Ravel double evening L'HEURE ESPAGNOLE & L'EFFANT ET LES SORTILÈGES premiered and was shown in January 2018 with a largely new cast at the Zurich Opera House.
Since the season 2017/18 Jan Eßinger works as a freelance director. Future projects include the productions of the operas FAUST (C. Gounod), HÄNSEL AND GRETEL (E. Humperdinck), ALBERT HERRING (B. Britten) and Tchaikovsky's EUGEN ONEGIN.

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