German director Katharina Thoma made her Royal Opera debut in 2014 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), La clemenza di Tito (Opéra national du Rhin) 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.
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