British director Thomas Guthrie was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme with The Royal Opera 2007–9, directing scenes for the Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performances, and Donizetti’s Rita and Walton’s The Bear for Meet the Young Artists Week. He has staged Ludd and Isis and Hot House for ROH Learning and Participation, and revived Il barbiere di Siviglia, Andrea Chénier (in Beijing) and Die Zauberflöte for The Royal Opera.
Guthrie read Classics at Cambridge University and studied singing at the Royal Northern College of Music. He now works widely as an opera director, with selected highlights including Der fliegende Holländer, Die Zauberflöte and Le nozze di Figaro (Longborough Festival Opera), Semele (Monteverdi Choir under Gardiner), David Lang’s Public Domain (London Symphony Orchestra), Dido and Aeneas (Academy of Ancient Music at the Barbican), Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots and Apollo et Hyacinthus (Classical Opera Company), Il barbiere di Siviglia and The Fairy Queen (English Touring Opera), the UK premiere of Jonathan Dove’s The Monster in the Maze (LSO) and L’Orfeo (Princeton University, where he was a Visiting Fellow in 2018). In 2014 he staged the show Death Actually for Spitalfields Music.
Guthrie is dedicated to outreach work, with highlights including Carmen for the Prison Choir Project/HMP Dartmoor, projects for ROH and work with Streetwise Opera, National Youth Choir and his ground-breaking charity Music and Theatre for All. He is Guest Artistic Advisor to York Early Music Festival, and regularly sings and plays with Bjarte Eike’s group the Alehouse Boys.