Carlos Wagner was born and brought up in Caracas, Venezuela.
He studied at the Guildhall School of Music ad Drama in London.
He has worked as an actor both on stage and in film. Being fluent in German, Spanish, French, Italian, and English, he has written singing translations of “Mefistofele”: A. Boito and “Tristan und Isolde” R. Wagner for the English National Opera in London.
After a workshop with Ruth Berghaus in Berlin however, he decided to dedicate himself to directing opera.
He has worked at major Houses like: The Royal Opera House in London, El Gran Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona, The Opéras Nationales de Lorraine, de Nantes, de Bordeaux and Montpellier in France, The Aalto Theater in Essen, Gärtnerplatz Theater in Munich, Deutsche Oper am Rhein and Leipzig in Germany. De Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp, The National Opera of South Korea and The Festival of Arts and Ideas in Connecticut USA. He has also staged two large open air events in front of the Cathedral of St. Gallen in Switzerland.
Operas he has directed include: Eugene Onegin: P. I. Tchaikovsky, Macbeth, Luisa Miller & I due Foscari: G. Verdi, Der Fliegende Holländer & Lohengrin: R. Wagner, Werther: J. Massenet, Le Grand Macabre: G. Ligeti, La Damnation de Faust: H. Berlioz, Le Duc d’Albe: G. Donizetti, Il Barbiere di Siviglia: G. Rossini, The Fall of the House of Usher: Ph. Glass, Carmen: G. Bizet, La Vie Parisienne & Geneviève de Brabant: J. Offenbach, Don Giovanni: W. A. Mozart, The Rake’s Progress: I. Stravinsky, La Bohème & Gianni Schicchi: G. Pucccini, Salomé: R. Strauss, Powder her Face: T. Adès and The Rape of Lucretia: B.Britten amongst many others.
He also staged “La Cabeza del Bautista”: E. Palomar and “Il Medico dei Pazzi”: G. Battistelli, both world premières for the Gran Teatro del Liceo and Opéra Nationale de Nancy.
Future events include: “Der Freischütz”: C. M. von Weber for the Theater Münster in Germany, “Lotario”: G. F. Händel for the Internationale Händel-Festspiele Göttingen, and a revival of “Le duc d’Albe”: G. Donizetti for de Vlaamse Opera