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 and theatre.
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: Angels in America: P. Eötvös, Il Barbiere di Siviglia: G. Rossini, Carmen: G. Bizet, La Damnation de Faust: H. Berlioz, Don Giovanni: W. A. Mozart, Le Duc d’Albe: G. Donizetti, Eugene Onegin: P. I. Tchaikovsky, The Fall of the House of Usher: Ph. Glass, Der Fliegende Holländer, Lohengrin, Siegfried & Götterdämmerung: R. Wagner,Der Freischütz: C.M. von Weber, Le Grand Macabre: G. Ligeti, Lotario: G.F. Händel, Macbeth, Luisa Miller & I due Foscari: G. Verdi, Notre Dame: F. Schmid, Powder her Face: T. Adès, The Rake’s Progress: I. Stravinsky, The Rape of Lucretia: B.Britten, Salomé: R. Strauss, Tosca, La Bohème & Trittico: G. Puccini, La Vie Parisienne & Geneviève de Brabant: J. Offenbach and Werther: J. Massenet amongst many others.
He also staged “La Cabeza del Bautista”: E. Palomar, “Il Medico dei Pazzi”: G. Battistelli and “Julie & Jean”: G. Schedl, all world premières for the Gran Teatro del Liceo, Opéra Nationale de Nancy and Neue Oper Wien.
Plays staged: La Ronde: A. Schnitzler, Angels in America: T. Kushner and Romeo and Juliet: W. Shakespeare.
Future events include:
Romeo & Julia (W. Shakespeare) for the theatre of Koblenz – 11.12 2021. Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (G. F. Händel) for the theatre of Mainz – 22.05 2022 Das Gesicht im Spiegel (J. Widmann & R. Schimmelpfennig) for Neue Oper Wien – 13.09 2022 Vienna, 15.10 2022 Müpa Budapest. Iolanta (P. I. Tchaikovsky) for the theatre of Kiel, Germany. Ottone (G. F. Händel) for the Baadisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Germany. The Rape of Lucretia (B. Britten) for the Opera Ballet Vlaanderen & IOA Ghent, Belgium. La Bella Susona (A. Carretero & R. Puerto) for the Teatro de la Maestranza, Seville, Spain.