David Paul is an award-winning director for opera, theater, and film. Born in Germany and based in Brooklyn, his work has been praised by the New York Times and Washington Post for its energy, humor, and emotional depth, and has been seen across four continents in five languages.
Paul is in high demand as a director for opera, with recent credits including productions for LA Opera (“Salome”), the Metropolitan Opera / Juilliard (“Iphigenie en Aulide”), Washington National Opera (“An American Soldier”, “Le nozze di Figaro”), North Carolina Opera (“Il trovatore”, “Aida”), Wolf Trap Opera (“Le nozze di Figaro”), Opera Saratoga (“Le nozze di Figaro”), and Music Academy of the West (“The Rake's Progress”, “Die Zauberföte”, “La cenerentola”, “Carmen”, “The Bartered Bride”). On the theatrical stage, he has mounted productions at Washington's Shakespeare Theatre Company (“Julius Caesar”, “Hamlet”), Alaska's Perseverance Theatre (“Blood Wedding”), Columbia University (“The Seagull”, “Eurydice”, “The House of Blue Leaves”), and served as Assistant Director on the Broadway production of Terrence McNally's “Master Class”.
Driving innovation in the arts, Paul wrote, and directed the film “Dichterliebe: POETLOVE”, a cinematic adaptation of classical songs from the 19th Century by Robert Schumann, winning awards at the Hong Kong Art House Film Festival, Geneva Film Festival, and IndieFest while screening at festivals around the world. He also co-curated “The Romeo and Juliet Project”, a retelling of the classic story through words, music, and dance, which premiered at the Chautauqua Institution in 2013. Current ventures include “Opera in VR”, a set of operatic scenes shot in 360-degree Virtual Reality; “The Baron”, based on the life of tennis legend Gottfried von Cramm; as well as various music-video related projects.
Paul serves on the faculty of the Juilliard School, the Metropolitan Opera's Young Artist Development Program, and the University of Maryland. He has directed at leading educational institutions including Boston University's Opera Institute, Juilliard, Tel Aviv Summer Opera Festival, Columbia University, and Westminster Choir College. He has also given master classes in Japan, China, Israel, and the United States.