born in 1987, director philipp westerbarkei is considered a bright talent of his generation.  he is known for his unique vision, controversial and courageous conceptions all while still honoring the long-standing traditions of theatre.


since joining the deutsche oper am rhein düsseldorf duisburg in 2013/14 as an assistant director, philipp westerbarkei has assisted notable directors like barrie kosky, stefan herheim, andreas homoki, rolando villazón, claus guth, guy joosten and nicolas brieger. 


his productions of gounod’s „roméo et juliette“ and puccini’s „la bohème“ at the deutsche oper am rhein caused a stir.

his production of mozart’s „die zauberflöte“ at the landestheater coburg opened their 2018/19 season with visual surprises within a versatile interpretation. 


most recently philipp westerbarkei directed the unknown opera „masel tov! wir gratulieren!“ by mieczylaw weinberg. it was met with huge success before the corona-pandemic left germany’s theaters empty.


philipp westerbarkei was a student of the ruhr-university of bochum where he studied theater science and italian literature.