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Thaddeus Strassberger

Thaddeus Strassberger began his career when he was awarded the prestigious European Opera Prize in 2005 for La Cenerentola (Opera Ireland/Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden), having already earned a degree in Engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City; he received a Fulbright Fellowship to complete the Corso di Specializzazione per Scenografi Realizzatori at Teatro alla Scala in Milan in 2001.

Notable first productions of his carrer include: Pique Dame (Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck), Hamlet (Washington National Opera/Minnesota Opera/Fort Worth Opera/Lyric Opera of Kansas City), Nabucco (Washington National Opera/Minnesota Opera/Opera Philadelphia/Florida Grand Opera, Opera de Montreal), La Fanciulla del West (Opera de Montreal, Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck), and Le nozze di Figaro and The rape of Lucretia (The Norwegian Opera).

His production of I due foscari has recently been seen in Los Angeles and Valencia as well. His production ofthe rarely heard La Gazzetta (Rossini in Wildbad Festival, Germany) garnered nominations for both Best Production and Best Direction from Opernwelt magazine.

In 2015, he returned to New York’s Bard SummerScape to direct Dame Ethyl Smyth’s The Wreckers, his fifth production with the festival, previously having created productions of Les Huguenots, Der Ferne Klang, Le Roi Malgrè lui (co-produced with Wexford Festival), and his widely acclaimed production of Sergei Tanejev’s monumental opera, The Oresteia, the first staging of the neglected masterpiece to be seen outside of Russia. He returns to Staatstheater Braunschweig for a new Rigoletto, and directs and designs a world premiere of the opera Jfk by David T. Little and Royce Vavrek for Fort Worth Opera.

He also directed Andrea Chenier and The voyage of Edgar Allan Poe (Staatstheater Braunschweig), I due Foscari (Theater an der Wien) and Don Giovanni (The Norwegian Opera). His production for the Yekaterinburg State Academic Opera, Satyagraha, the first ever production of a Philip Glass opera in Russia won the 2014 Bravo Award for Best Production in the Sverdlovsk Region.

In 2014 he made recently made his debut The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, where he directed Plácido Domingo in I due Foscari, as well as a world premiere opera, Glare, by Søren Nils Eichberg. He has been in Yekaterinburg in 2016 to direct and design the Russian premiere of Weinberg’s The Passenger.

Among her recent and future engagements Pikovaya Dama in Innsbruck, Don Giovanni at Norske Opera in Oslo, Rigoletto at Staatstheater Braunschweig, Le Nozze di Figaro in Oslo, Un ballo in maschera in Innsbruck where he will be back with Les contes d’Hoffmann, Nabucco at Los Angeles Opera and JFK in Montréal.

July 2017

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