Matthew Wild is the Artistic Director of Cape Town Opera and a two-time winner of the Fleur du Cap Award, and one of the Mail & Guardian’s ‘200 Young South Africans for 2012.’ His critically acclaimed productions have been seen on stage not only in South Africa but also in various countries such as Germany, Sweden, Ireland and Australia.
Wild, a former UCT drama graduate, developed a passion for opera at an early age and worked as a professional actor for years before taking the creative reins at Cape Town Opera. His directorial debut was launched in 2009 with Boesmans’ Julie for Sweden’s NorrlandsOperan and Malmö Opera. This run was swiftly followed up with a variety of productions such as The Rake’s Progress, Il viaggio a Reims, Don Giovanni, The Medium and Salome to assert his creativity and talent. 2013 saw Wild’s return to Sweden to breathe new life into Philip Miller’s Between a Rock and a Hard Place. And in 2016 he made his first entry onto the German stage by reimagining Katya Kabanova for Hessisches Staatsteater Wiesbaden.
Locally, the Cape Town director has been able to garner widespread acclaim for his collaborations with the Fugard Theatre for blockbuster musicals such as West Side Story, Funny Girl, and Cabaret. Many locals will recall his biggest hit, The Rocky Horror Show, which ran for an astonishing 444 performances. And Kinky Boots recently extended its run at the theatre due to popular demand. Wild’s unique ability to refresh and marry innovative design, lighting and talent to court a new theatregoer is certainly one of his trademarks.
Capetonians can catch him in top form with Christoph Willibald Gluck’s classic opera, Orphée et Eurydice, running at the Baxter Theatre from 3-7 September 2019.