biography 

Matthew Wild is one of South Africa's foremost theatre directors, equally at home staging operas, musicals, new plays and classic texts. A two-time Fleur du Cap Award winner, Mr. Wild’s productions have won acclaim on stages throughout his homeland, as well as in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden and Ireland. From 2015 to 2021, he was the Artistic Director of Cape Town Opera.

 

Mr. Wild started the 2020-21 season with Porgy & Bess for the Theater an der Wien, his debut in Austria. Planned productions of Verdi's Macbeth for the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden and Parsifal for Konzert Theater Bern were postponed and cancelled respectively due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He returned to Austria in July 2021 for Humperdinck's Königskinder at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl.

 

He has directed many productions for Cape Town Opera, including Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice, Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Cosi fan tutte and Don Giovanni, Richard Strauss’ Salome, Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims, Puccini’s Suor Angelica, and Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress.

 

Matthew Wild made his German debut with an acclaimed production of Katya Kabanova for the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden in 2016, which was revived in 2017-18. Mozart's Don Giovanni and Puccini's La bòheme followed at Konzert Theater Bern. In 2019, he made his European musical theatre debut with Kander and Ebb's Chicago at the Staatstheater Braunschweig,

 

In the same year, he directed Cyndi Lauper’s Kinky Boots for The Fugard Theatre in Cape Town, where he has worked frequently since his award-winning debut with Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show in 2013. This was followed by Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret in 2015, Jule Styne's Funny Girl in 2017, as well as a major production of Bernstein’s West Side Story at the Artscape Opera House in Cape Town in 2015, which transferred to Johannesburg in 2017, before returning to Cape Town in 2018. 

 

Mr. Wild made his opera directing debut in Sweden in 2009 with Boesmans’ Julie for NorrlandsOperan and Malmö Opera. He returned in 2013 to direct the premiere of Philip Miller’s Between a Rock and a Hard Place in Stockholm.

 

His work in spoken theatre stretches back to his professional debut in 2000, with the self-penned drama More, created while he was still completing his studies in Drama and English at the University of Cape Town. Notable productions of contemporary scripts include Brent Palmer’s Witnesses, John van der Ruit’s Crooked, Pieter Jacobs’ Dalliances, Brett Goldin’s Bad Apple, Nhlanhla Mavundla’s A Man and a Dog and Nicholas Spagnoletti’s Special Thanks to Guests from Afar. He made his Shakespearean debut with The Comedy of Errors at the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre in 2012, a production which earned him a Fleur du Cap nomination for Best Director.

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