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.
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.
Katharina's "Ingenious staging" of Ariadne mixes comedy with the mythic at Glyndebourne29 June 2017
Katharina Thoma's Adriana Lecouvreur opens in Karlsruhe7 April 2017
On the Richmond fair in Frankfurt with Katharina Thoma's latest production Martha19 October 2016
Katharina Thoma directs Nabucco in Nordhausen17 January 2016