Dan Rigazzi has been directing theater and opera for twenty years - from Shakespeare and Puccini to contemporary plays and musicals. In addition to his work at theaters and universities around the country, Dan has been on the directing staff at the Metropolitan Opera since 2008.
In May of 2021, Dan helped re-open the Lyric Opera of Kansas City with Baseball: A Musical Love Letter - a revue celebrating that national pastime, which he co-created with Kathleen Belcher. Later that season, Dan’s production of The Magic Flute was Pittsburgh Opera’s first show in the Benedum Theater since the pandemic began. In 2020 he directed a revival of La Cenerentola at the Met and of Bart Sher’s Roméo et Juliette at Teatro alla Scala.
In the 2018-2019 season Dan made two important debuts: he directed La bohème in concert with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tangelewood and was revival director for Pagliacci at Opera Omaha. Other recent highlights include his Carnegie Hall debut directing The Secret Lover, with the New York-based early music ensemble, TENET; The Magic Flute for Madison Opera and Carnegie Mellon University; and ESPN's Up-Front at the Minskoff Theater, collaborating with INVNT, Austin McCormick, and Sugartone Brass Band.
Favorite projects include Xerxes and Julius Caesar for Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Madama Butterfly and La bohème for Ash Lawn Opera, The Beggar’s Opera for Carnegie Mellon University, and The Magic Flute for Arizona Opera. In 2014, he made his international debut at Teatro alla Scala, assisting Mary Zimmerman in Lucia di Lammermoor. Additional projects of note include new productions of The Tales of Hoffmann for Wolf Trap Opera, The Rape of Lucretia for Pittsburgh Opera, and a triple bill for Bard College’s Graduate vocal arts program - Song from the Uproar by Missy Mazzoli, the premiere of David T. Little’s Vinkensport, and Maurice Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges.
As an associate and assistant director, Dan has worked for the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Teatro alla Scala, Houston Grand Opera, the Castleton Festival, the New York Shakespeare Festival, Theatre for a New Audience, Pittsburgh Opera, the Ridge Theater Company and the Berkshire Opera Company.
Dan has assisted six Tony Award-winning directors: Susan Stroman, Mary Zimmerman, Bartlett Sher, Darko Tresnjak, Diane Paulus, and Jack O'Brien. He is an alumnus of the Drama League Directors Project and the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.