A native of Hamburg in Germany, Christian Räth studied opera directing under Professor Götz Friedrich.
His productions include Falstaff at the Washington National Opera, Fidelio at the Dallas Opera, Roméo et Juliette at the Houston Grand Opera, Die Zauberflöte at the Cairo Opera House in Egypt and Carmen at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva.
He is currently the Associate Director of the new production of Wagner’s Ring cycle at the San Francisco Opera.
Recent Productions include Salome at the Matsumoto Festival in Japan, Ariadne auf Naxos at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Royal Opera House in Copenhagen, Die Walküre at the San Francisco Opera and Siegfried at the Washington National Opera.
Christian Räth has directed revival productions of L’elisir d’amore at the Teatro alla Scala, Billy Budd at the Opéra Bastille in Paris and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Il trovatore and West Side Story at the Bregenz Festival, Of Mice and Men at the Houston Grand Opera and Luisa Miller at the Dallas Opera and the Teatro Real de Madrid.
He has been the Associate Director of La traviataand Platée at the Santa Fe Opera and Der Rosenkavalier and Das Rheingold in Bilbao.
He has worked on the directorial teams of major opera houses throughout the USA and Europe, collaborating on productions such as Die Walküre at the Washington National Opera, Porgy and Bess, Les Contes d’Hoffmann and La Vie parisienne at the Opéra de Lyon, Les Paladins at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and the world premieres of Perelа and Espace dernier at the Opéra Bastille, Pelléas et Mélisande, the musical Rebecca in Vienna and The Cunning Little Vixen at the Matsumoto Festival in Japan.
Future projects include Tristan und Isolde at the Dallas Opera, Der Ring des Nibelungen at the San Francisco Opera and La Fille du régiment at the Metropolitan Opera.