born in Landsberg am Lech, studied literature and philosophy at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. He has directed productions at the Bavarian State Opera, the Hamburg State Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Bielefeld Theatre, the Basel Theatre, the Hanover State Theatre, the Mainz State Theatre, the Hanover State Opera, the Meiningen State Theatre and the Venice Music Biennale. Most recently he staged 'La Bohème' at the Staatstheater Darmstadt, 'Odysseus' Homecoming' at the Theater Bielefeld and 'Le vin herbé' at the Staatstheater Hannover.


Since 2014, he has also worked regularly in Russia, resulting in "As the crow flies 2411", "The Emperor of Atlantis" in Volgograd and two Kleist projects, which were shown at the Kleist Festival in Frankfurt an der Oder in 2017 and 2019.


From 2007 to 2016 he worked closely with the director Hans Neuenfels at the Salzburg Festival, the Bavarian State Opera, the Bayreuth Festival, the Berlin State Opera Unter den Linden, the Zurich Opera House, the Aalto Theatre in Essen, the Schwetzingen Festival and the Frankfurt Opera. Wolfgang Nägele was a fellow of the Akademie Musiktheater Heute of the Deutsche Bank Foundation from 2014-2016. With his concept of "Don Pasquale" he was a semi-finalist of the RING AWARD 2017 and won the Tischlerei Prize of the Deutsche Oper Berlin.