Dieter Kaegi made his Seattle Opera debut directing Richard Strauss Rosenkavalier in 1997 and returned to the company to direct Weber’s Freischütz and the remount of Der Rosenkavalier in 2006. Born in Zurich, Dieter Kaegi served as the director of productions at the Opera Festival in Aix-en-Provence, France, from 1990 to 1998. Since 1998, he had serves as artistic director of Opera Ireland. His productions have been seen throughout Europe. In the last few years, he has staged Mozart’s operas Lucio Silla, Idameneo, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Cosi fan tutte, and Le nozze di Figaro for houses in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, and Switzerland. Other productions include Beethoven’s Fidelio for Royal Opera Copenhagen (as well as Houston Grand Opera), Rossini’s Semirande at the Rossini Festival (as well as in Barcelona and Madrid among others), Verdi’s Don Carlo for Theater Lübeck, Gounod’s Faust for Opera Ireland, Thomas’ Hamlet for the State Opera Prague, and Aulis Sallinen’s Kullervo for Berne Opera. Kaegi’s production of Verdi’s Aida, originally done for Opéra de Monte Carlo with designs by Bruno Schwengl, was presented by National Opera Theater of Korea. In 2006, Kaegi directs the same production of Aida at Opera Royal de Wallonie in Liege.