Tobias Ribitzki is making his HGO debut. Ribitzki has previously staged the Barrie Kosky production of The Magic Flute in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Madrid, Helsinki, Warsaw, Philadelphia, Athens, and Rome. He has worked as assistant and performance director at the Landestheater Linz, Staatsoper Hannover, and Komische Oper Berlin. Since 2011, he has directed several world premieres of various children’s operas, including the world premiere of Freunde! by Peter Androsch, for which he was nominated for the German theater prize Der Faust at the Junge Oper Hannover. He has directed La clemenza di Tito and The Elixir of Love at the Staatsoper Hannover, Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten at Komische Oper Berlin, and Königskinder at Musiktheater im Revier in Gelsenkirchen. Recently, he directed Venus and Adonis, Dido and Aeneas, and L'heure espagnole at the Staatstheater Oldenburg; Montagsstück X: Schön ist die Welt at the Bayerische Staatsoper München; and worked with the Philharmonie Luxembourg. This season he will direct Gianni Schicchi at Staatstheater Oldenburg, as well as La forza del destino at the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau. His direction of the children’s opera Tom Sawyer, a world premiere with music by Kurt Weill at the Komische Oper Berlin, was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.