Dan Rigazzi has been directing theater and opera for twenty years—everything from Shakespeare and Puccini to contemporary plays and musicals. In addition to his work at theaters and universities around the country, Dan has been on the Directing Staff at the Metropolitan Opera since 2008.
In 2017, he made his Carnegie Hall debut directing The Secret Lover, with the New York based Early Music Ensemble, TENET, revived his production of The Magic Flute for Madison Opera, and created an opening number for ESPN's Up-Front at the Minskoff Theatre, collaborating with INVNT, Austin McCormick, and Sugartone Brass Band. Later this year he will create new productions of Handel's Xerxes for the Pittsburgh Festival Opera and The Magic Flute for Carnegie Mellon University. In January of 2018 he will serve as Revival Stage Director for David McVicar's production of Il trovatore at the Met.
Recent projects include Julius Caesar for the Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Madama Butterfly and La bohème for Ash Lawn Opera, The Beggar’s Opera for Carnegie Mellon University, and The Magic Flute for Arizona Opera. In 2014, he made his international debut at Teatro alla Scala, assisting Mary Zimmerman with Lucia di Lammermoor. Other notable projects include new productions of The Tales of Hoffmann for Wolf Trap Opera, The Rape of Lucretia for Pittsburgh Opera, and a Triple Bill for Bard’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program, which included Song from the Uproar, by Missy Mazzoli, the premiere of David T. Little’s Vinkensport, and Maurice Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges.
As an assocate and assistant director, Dan has worked for the Metropolitan Opera, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Teatro alla Scala, Houston Grand Opera, The Castleton Festival, The New York Shakespeare Festival, Theatre for a New Audience, Pittsburgh Opera, The Ridge Theater Company, and the Berkshire Opera Company. During his career, he has been fortunate to assist five Tony-winning directors: Susan Stroman, Mary Zimmerman, Bartlett Sher, Diane Paulus, and Jack O'Brien. He is an alumus of the Drama League Directors Project and the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.