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Claus Guth


Claus Guth makes his debut with The Royal Opera directing Die Frau ohne Schatten in the 2013/14 Season. The production is a co-production with La Scala, Milan, who staged the opera in 2012.

Guth was born in Frankfurt and studied philosophy, German literature and theatre at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, and theatre and opera directing at the Munich Hochschule. He has since worked for major European opera houses and has won renown for his innovative productions of classic operas. Productions include Der fliegende Holländer (Bayreuth), Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Semperoper Dresden), Der Ring des Nibelungen (Hamburg State Opera), Mozart’s Da Ponte operas (Salzburg Festival), Ariadne auf Naxos, Parsifal and Tristan und Isolde (Zürich Opera), Tannhäuser (Vienna State Opera), Schubert/Ives’s Lazarus and Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Theater an der Wien), Lucio Silla (Barcelona), Un ballo in maschera (Netherlands Opera), Pelléas et Mélisande, Daphne and Il trittico (Frankfurt Opera) and Lohengrin and Die Frau ohne Schatten (La Scala). He has also directed many operatic world premieres and contemporary operas, including works by Henze and Berio and Helmut Oehring’s AscheMOND oder The Fairy Queen for Berlin State Opera in 2013.

Guth was awarded the German Theatre Prize for Best Opera Director in 2010. He lives in Munich and has two children.


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How to Stage an Opera: Freud and Die Frau ohne Schatten

How to Stage an Opera: Freud and Die Frau ohne Schatten

20 March 2014

How changing attitudes to Freud have shaped the set designs of The Royal Opera's production.