American director Ted Huffman made his Royal Opera debut in 2016 directing the world premiere of Philip Venables’s 4.48 Psychosis (winner of the 2016 UK Theatre Award for Achievement in Opera). Previous work at the Royal Opera House includes The Lighthouse for English Touring Opera, Most of the Boys for Sasha Siem with Zack Winokur and Macbeth for Glyndebourne Festival, for which he also wrote the libretto. He has also worked as an acting coach on the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.
Huffman was born in New York and studied at Yale University. He was an apprentice on San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Programme and at the Watermill Center, and has gone on to work for opera companies around the world. Credits include Svadba (Aix-en-Provence Festival) with Winokur, Eugene Onegin (Theater an der Wien in der Kammeroper), Les Mamelles de Tirésias (La Monnaie, Brussels, Dutch National Opera and Aix-en-Provence and Aldeburgh festivals), Orphée aux enfers (Opéra national de Lorraine), La Cenerentola and Le nozze di Figaro (Yale Opera), Der Kaiser von Atlantis (Central City Opera), Hydrogen Jukebox (Skylight Music Theater) and La Calisto and Galileo, Galilei (Cincinnati Opera). He has also created concert stagings of Die Dreigroschenoper for the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Vladimir Jurowski and La cambiale di matrimonio for the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra with Nicholas McGegan.
Huffman has worked as an acting coach with young artists of the Juilliard School, San Francisco Opera’s Adler Fellows, LA Opera’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program, Santa Fe Apprentice Program and the Canadian Opera Company Studio.