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.