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Claus Guth



German director Claus Guth made his Royal Opera debut in 2014, directing Die Frau ohne Schatten.

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. Productions include Der fliegende Holländer (Bayreuth), Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Semperoper Dresden), Rigoletto (Paris Opéra), Parsifal and Rodelinda (Teatro Real, Madrid), Der Ring des Nibelungen (Hamburg State Opera), Mozart’s Da Ponte operas (Salzburg Festival), Ariadne auf Naxos, Parsifal and Tristan und Isolde (Zürich Opera House), Don Giovanni (Dutch National Opera), Tannhäuser (Vienna State Opera), Julietta (Berlin 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, Milan). He has also directed many operatic world premieres and contemporary operas, including works by Henze and Berio and Oehring’s AscheMOND oder The Fairy Queen for Berlin State Opera in 2013.

Guth’s awards include the 2010 German Theatre Prize for Best Opera Director.


News and features

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

20 March 2014
How to Stage an Opera: Freud and Die Frau ohne Schatten

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