Michael Staringer

Agent / Producer


In High School Michael studied classical guitar. He hit the airwaves as a DJ and remained on the air for 25 years, hosting a daily morning show til August 2004. Among Michael’s greatest interests are musical theater, travel and people.

That is one of Michael‘s first lines to every artist he looks after.
„The first ‘no’ in the negotiation process is when the real fun starts for me“.

Amongst many top name singers and creatives Michael is also Broadway composer Frank Wildhorn‘s representative in Europe and Asia and works closely on all the European and several Asian productions of Frank‘s work. He did the European press for Pia Douwes‘ Broadway debut as Velma Kelly in „Chicago“.

„I love bringing people together. That’s what a producer does“.

Michael co-produced Frank Wildhorn “Finding Wonderland” video during the first Corona lock-down in 2020 to raise money for the WHO. He is Executive Producer of the world premiere recording of Leonhard Bernstein’s „Peter Pan“ (#8 Billboard Classical in 2004) starring Broadway’s Linda Eder (musical director: Alexander Frey). Michael was artist manager for the now legendary “Wildhorn &Friends” concert in Vienna with Frank Wildhorn on the piano and vocalists Linda Eder, Thomas Borchert and Pia Douwes (also CD/DVD/stream). Michael co-produced the „Elisabeth 10th Anniversary Concert“ (also on CD) at the Vienna Konzerthaus where original cast members of 7 countries (Austria, Hungary, Holland, Sweden, Germany and Japan) were united on stage.

Amongst Michael’s other productions were the concert series „Leading Ladies“, „Leading Men“. His first US production was Brian Quirk’s play „Mapplethorpe“, at the renowned Provincetown Theater.

Michael does a series of lectures for the MUK (former Vienna Conservatory of Music) as an introduction into the business. He is working with the University of Utah in Salt Lake City (Musical Theatre Program), Stage School, in Hamburg, Germany and the University of Vienna (Department of Communications, expert in an arts communication course). Due to his work with composers Frank Wildhorn, Martin Lingnau and several writers and creatives Diabelli Management represents, a special focus is also the development of new musicals.

Your job is to be good on
stage, I am behind you and
deal with the rest!

Nadja Arnautovic



This is Nadja, Michael‘s assistant. She has experience working with artists through running a ballet and music school. She deals with people from students to professionals every day. So she is especially aware of the needs of our artists.

When talking to her on the
phone or reading her emails ...
you can always feel her smile.

Claudia Schmöltzer



This is Claudia from casting: married with two kids, she loves to communicate. And that‘s exactly what she does, being our link between casting agents and artists. We pride ourselves in having a person only responsible for auditions, so our clients can concentrate on singing, dancing and acting and Claudia arranges everything else.

She loves to organize and make sure 
everybody is at the auditions at the right 
location and time.