Flotow: Martha, Oper Frankfurt, 2016 (detail) View full image

Katharina Thoma


The country house is requisitioned as a hospital for the war- wounded (hence the piano in the ward), Ariadne’s nymphs becoming nurses. It’s an ingenious solution to the inherent problem of staging this mixed-genre work, integrating the comic elements convincingly within a mythic context.

Evening Standard, Ariadne auf Naxos, Glyndebourne Festival

Katharina Thoma is an opera director of growing international standing. Her highly sought after directorial style, informed and influenced by her academic and professional musical background, has led to her working in prestigious opera houses across Europe. 

Her growing reputation has led to a string of high-profile projects across Europe, including Hänsel und Gretel (Göteborg Opera), La clemenza di Tito (Opéra national du Rhin, Strasbourg), Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos (Glyndebourne) and her Royal Opera House debut in 2014, directing Un ballo in maschera

Productions in 2016-17 included Martha in Frankfurt, Adriana Lecouvreur in Karlsruhe and a revival of Ariadne auf Naxos for Glyndebourne. 2017-18 sees new productions of Othello in Schwein and Dialogues des Carmelites in Nordhausen. Plans also include the world premiere of a new opera for the Royal Swedish Opera in 2018-19.

Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos, Glyndebourne, 2017

Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, 2017

Flotow: Martha, Oper Frankfurt, 2016

Verdi: Nabucco, Theater Nordhausen, 2016

Mozart: La clemenza di Tito, Opéra national du Rhin Strasbourg, 2015

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera, Royal Opera London, 2014

Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos, Glyndebourne, 2013

Barber: Vanessa, Frankfurt Opera, 2012

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