Born in Memmingen, Dominik Wilgenbus studied directing at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, including under August Everding. Since then Dominik Wilgenbus has worked as a freelance director, translator, actor and musical cabaret artist.
In 1998 he helped establish the Metropol-Theater in Munich. One year later he was involved in the institutionalization of ‘Munich’s smallest opera house’, the Pasinger Fabrik.
His productions also took him to theatres in Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Ingolstadt, Meiningen, Dortmund, the Gärtnerplatz-Theater in Munich and the Ekhof-Festival in Gotha.
Since its premiere in Munich in 1997 he has performed his playreading of ‘Mein Wagner’ in Dortmund, Halle, Meiningen and Nuremberg; it is also available as an audiobook under the title ‘Eine Pilgerfahrt zu Beethoven’ (‘A Pilgrimage to Beethoven’). As with his Erfurt production ‘Häuptling Abendwind’, Wilgenbus often prefers to use his own translations of the text sources.
In addition to some initial operas, such as Puccini’s La Bohème, Handel’s Tamerlano and Rossini’s La Gazza Ladra and the film genre, with works such as Marc Schubring’s Cyrano de Bergerac, Peter Schaffer’s Amadeus, Woody Allen’s Bullets over Broadway, Wilson/Waits’s The Black Rider and Wittenbrinck/Greiffenhagen’s Comedien Harmonists, Wilgenbus’s main interest centres on entertaining musical theatre. He has directed comic operas such as Haydn’s Die Welt auf dem Mond, Mozart’s La finta semplice, Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Nicolai’s Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor and the fairytale opera Hansel and Gretel, as well as operettas and musicals such as Eine Nacht in Venedig, Die Fledermaus, Der Zauberer von Oss and Little Shop of Horrors.
With the world premiere of the musical Heidi, the artist celebrated his debut as an author and director at the Musikalische Komödie, where he subsequently produced Die schöne Helena in 2007/08, Zar und Zimmermann in 2009/10 and Frau Luna in 2012/13.