Born in 1987, the german director Philipp Westerbarkei presents his work regularly at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf Duisburg like Bernstein’s “Trouble in Tahiti” followed by Oliver Knussen’s “Wo die wilden Kerle wohnen“.
Since the 2013/14 season, he has also been serving as an Assistant Director at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. His work in Düsseldorf has been led to a variety of productions and revivals throughout Europe (Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte" at the Finnish National Opera).
Philipp Westerbarkei worked with such renowed directors like Barrie Kosky, Stefan Herheim, Andreas Homoki, Rolando Villazón, Claus Guth, Guy Joosten and Nicolas Brieger.
In addition to his strong background in theater, he also studied Italian literature and linguistics at the Ruhr-University in Bochum.
In 2015 , Philipp Westerbarkei helped established the Open Air Theater-Festival “Sommer Nacht Oper” in Kaiserslautern, Germany. For his productions of Rossini's “Hochzeitswirren“ (performed for the first time in German) and Suppé’s “Die schöne Galathée”, he was not only created the staging but also designed the stage and costumes.