Michael Barobeck has worked for the Opera Graz since 2006, initially as Head of Production and Casting, until Elisabeth Sobotka made him Casting Director in 2009, a position he continues to perform under the current artistic direction of Nora Schmid. Before moving to Graz, he worked for the Salzburg Jazz Festival for 2 seasons. From April 2002 to June 2005 he worked as a singers’ agent for the Raab & Boehm Agency in Vienna where he put special efforts in creating career opportunities for young singers, some of whom are now internationally famous such as Manuela Uhl, but also working for renowned artists like Iris Vermillion or Marjana Lipovšek. Shortly after completing his studies, he moved to Schleswig/Germany where he worked as assistant to the stage director. After two seasons he moved to Linz/Austria in the same position, working with stage directors such as Beverly Blankenship, Markus Bothe, Claus Guth, Sabine Loew, Dominik Neuner, and Gottfried Pilz. In Linz he also created his first productions as a stage director: Darius Milhaud’s “Le pauvre matelot” and George Gershwin’s “Blue Monday”. He holds a Masters of Culture Management from the University in Vienna A native of Vienna, he studied dramatics and musicology at the university of his hometown.