David Paul stage director

David Paul

About David Paul

David Paul is an award-winning director for opera, theater, and flm. Born in Germany and based in Brooklyn, his work incorporates material spanning fve centuries and all genres, and strives to make performance a medium for direct, human communicaton, regardless of the platorm. His work has been praised by the New York Times and Washington Post for its energy, humor, and emotonal depth, and has been seen across four contnents in fve languages.

As a director for opera, Paul is in high demand across the world. Recent credits include productons for LA Opera (“Salome”), the Metropolitan Opera / Juilliard (“Iphigenie en Aulide”), Washington Natonal Opera (“An American Soldier”, “Le nozze di Figaro”), North Carolina Opera (“Il trovatore”, “Aida”), Wolf Trap Opera (“Le nozze di Figaro”), Opera Saratoga (“Le nozze di Figaro”), and Music Academy of the West (“The Rake's Progress”, “Die Zauberföte”, “La cenerentola”, “Carmen”, “The Bartered Bride”). On the theatrical stage, he has directed at Washington's Shakespeare Theatre Company (“Julius Caesar”, “Hamlet”), Alaska's Perseverance Theatre (“Blood Wedding”), Columbia University (“The Seagull”, “Eurydice”, “The House of Blue Leaves”), and served as Assistant Director on the Broadway producton of Terrence McNally's “Master Class”.

Driving innovaton in the arts, Paul has been involved in several major genre-bending ventures. He developed, wrote, and directed the flm “Dichterliebe: POETLOVE”, a cinematc adaptaton of classical songs from the 19th Century by Robert Schumann, winning awards from the Hong Kong Art House Film Festval, Geneva Film Festval, and IndieFest, and screening at festvals around the world. He also co- curated “The Romeo and Juliet Project”, a new retelling of the classic story through words, music, and dance, based on the various classic adaptatons in diferent genres, which celebrated its triumphant premiere at the Chautauqua Insttuton during the 2013 season. Upcoming ventures include “Opera in VR”, a set of short flms featuring operatc scenes shot in 360-degree virtual reality; “AferWARds”, a 90-minute, 4-character reinventon of Mozart's “Idomeneo”; “The Baron”, an adaptaton of the life story of tennis legend Gotried von Cramm; as well as various music-video related projects.

Equally passionate about training the next generaton of singing actors, Paul has rapidly gained recogniton as one of his generaton's most dynamic directors and actng teachers for young singers. He is on the faculty at the Juilliard School and the Metropolitan Opera's Young Artst Development Program, with productons at educatonal insttutons including Boston University's Opera Insttute (“Le nozze di Figaro”), Juilliard (“Il cambiale di Matrimonio”, “La scala di seta”), Berlin Opera Academy (“Le nozze di Figaro”), the Tel Aviv Summer Opera Festval (“The Bear”), and Westminster Choir College (“Iolanta”, “Les contes d'Hofmann”, “Cosi fan tute”, “Il re pastore”, “Il trionfo del tempo”). He has also given master classes in Japan, China, Israel, and the United States.

David Paul studied actng and directng at Columbia University, and apprentced with directors Robert Falls, Michael Kahn, and Stephen Wadsworth. Highlights of the 2017/18 season include debuts with Pitsburgh Opera and the Houston Grand Opera's Young Artst Program.