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Katharina Thoma

Director

Biography

Katharina Thoma in action.
Katharina Thoma in rehearsal for Un ballo in maschera, The Royal Opera © ROH. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore, 2014

German director Katharina Thoma makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2014/15 Season directing Un ballo in maschera.

Thoma was born in Landsberg am Lech and studied piano at the Music High School in Lübeck. She began her directing career as an assistant for Kassel State Theatre and Frankfurt Opera, working with directors including Richard Jones, Christof Loy and Keith Warner. In 2007 she was won second prize in Camerata Nuova’s European Operatic Direction Competition. She began working as a freelance director in 2008, and since 2011 has been the Resident Director for Theater Dortmund. Her productions have included La finta giardiniera and Vanessa (Frankfurt), Madama Butterfly (Folkoper, Stockholm), Die Zauberflöte and Saul (Kassel), Eugene Onegin and Rigoletto (Theater Nordhausen), Hänsel und Gretel (Göteborg Opera) and Carmen, La bohème, Boris Godunov, Il trovatore and Cavalli’s Eliogabalo (Dortmund). Thoma made her UK debut in 2013 directing Ariadne auf Naxos for Glyndebourne Festival.

Thoma taught at the Musikhochschule in Mainz 2008–12, where she staged several productions including a chamber version of Die Zauberflöte, Coscoletto and Gianni Schicchi.

Videos

News and features

Watch: Un ballo in maschera rehearsals with the Ladies Chorus and Joseph Calleja

Watch: Un ballo in maschera rehearsals with the Ladies Chorus and Joseph Calleja

11 December 2014

A glimpse into how a director works with an ensemble to add psychological depth to crowd scenes.

Operageddon: Musings on the end of the world

Operageddon: Musings on the end of the world

24 June 2014

Opera has always flirted with catastrophic events. We look at how opera composers and directors have faced the apocalypse.

Watch: Katharina Thoma on Un ballo in maschera

Watch: Katharina Thoma on Un ballo in maschera

23 May 2014

The director discusses the love affairs, political conflicts and rebellions of Verdi’s tragedy.

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