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Matthias Janser was born in Stuttgart (Germany) and studied for a diploma in Technical Theatre Arts at Rose Bruford College in London.

As assistant director he has worked regularly with Richard Jones and Graham Vick. Productions include Eugene Onegin for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Die Meistersinger, Der Ring des Nibelungen for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Die Zauberflöte for the Salzburg Festival. Matthias was revival director for Pelléas et Mélisande for Minnesota Opera and De Vlaamse Opera, Werther for the Festival Mozart in A Coruña and he directed the indoor staging of Un Ballo in maschera for the Bregenz Festival.

His work as director includes the British première of Thomas Bernhard’s The Ignoramus and the Maniac, L'amico Fritz and Manon Lescaut for Opera Holland Park, Matins for the Virgin of Guadalupe for the Cheltenham Festival, Soap Opera and Sweeney Agonistes for Trinity College of Music, Don Giovanni for English Touring Opera, La Damnation de Faust for Opera North, the British première of Dvořák's Vanda for University College Opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors in Oxford, the Spanish première of Thomas Bernhard’s A party for Boris in Barcelona and Charpentier´s Actéon for Dartington International Summer School.

In 2007 he gained a Masters Degree in Arts Policy and Management at Birkbeck University in London and has been working regularly as project manager for Opera Genesis at the Royal Opera House.

2008 he produced the chamber opera Kaspar Hauser for two festivals in London.

As director of education workshops for children and adolescents he is frequently invited by schools and opera companies.

His work as translator include the libretto of Of Mice and Men for the Bregenz Festival and translations for Naxos, Chandos and Opus Arte.

Matthias has been living in Barcelona since 2007.