After his studies in theater and media science in Bochum, Tobias Ribitzki worked as an assistant and performance director at the Landestheater in Linz, at the Staatsoper Hannover and at the Komische Oper Berlin. He has assisted director such as Barrie Kosky, Ivo van Hove, Alvis Hermanis, Benedikt von Peter, Rosamund Gilmore and Daniela Kurz.
At the Landestheater Linz, he directed among others as a coproduction with Linz09 the world premiere of the opera Picknick im Felde by Constantinos Stylianou, which traveled to Cyprus and Hungary. At the Junge Oper Hannover he directed 2011 the world premiere of the children’s opera Freunde! by Peter Androsch, for which he received a nomination for the German Theater Prize, DER FAUST, and in 2011–2012, the world premiere of Der Teufel mit den drei goldenen Haaren by Stefan Johannes Hanke. Also in 2011–2012, he directed the monodrama La voix humaine by Francis Poulenc in the Cumberlandsche Galerie Hanover, which was later mounted at the Theater Kiel.
In February 2013, Mr. Ribitzki directed the premiere of the children’s opera Der Räuber Hotzenplotz by Andreas N. Tarkmann at the Junge Oper Hannover as well as the premiere of a scenic concert with the ensemble ur.werk of five pieces that are dedicated to the author Daniil Charms, for which he developed the concept. This production was later remounted at the Bitef Festival in Belgrade.
Tobias Ribitzki has previously staged the Komische Oper Berlin's The Magic Flute (Kosky/1927) at the Los Angeles Opera and at Minnesota Opera (2014). In 2015–2016, he will stage the production at the Teatro Real Madrid and at the Finnish National Opera Helsinki. In 2014–2015 he developed and directed Léa, Papy et le piano celeste – Une histoire racontée en musique for the Philharmonie Luxembourg. He also directed the world premiere of the children’s opera Oh, wie schön ist Panama by Stefan Johannes Hanke at the Junge Oper Hannover as well as the operas Triple-Sec by Marc Blitzstein and Blue Monday by George Gershwin at the Konzerthaus Berlin in cooperation with the Komische Oper Berlin. March 2015 saw the world premiere of The rain passed over in collaboration with composer Snezana Nesic at Oper’Actuel 2015 – Works In Progress in Montréal.
In 2015–2016 Tobias Ribitzki will be co-director for Ingo Kerkhof’s direction of Handel’s Alcina at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden, and at the Staatsoper Hannover, he will direct La clemenza di Tito.