Thaddeus Strassberger 'is a young American director who manages to straddle the sometimes very different worlds of European and US opera production seamlessly. Strassberger's productions are fresh and thoughtful, and he often presents us with modern parallels without being contrived,' writes Opera Now Magazine. His career as a director and scenic designer for opera in Europe and North America was launched when he was awarded the prestigious European Opera Prize in 2005 for his production of LA CENERENTOLA (Opera Ireland / Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden).
Following the success of his production of Ambroise Thomas' HAMLET for the Washington National Opera conducted by Plácido Domingo and Patrick Fournillier, he returns to the Kennedy Center this season to direct and design the scenery for Verdi's NABUCCO.
His new productions of LE NOZZE DI FIGARO and THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA (Norwegian National Opera) were highly praised by both critics and the public and are scheduled for revivals in the coming seasons due to popular demand. His production of the rarely heard Rossini's LA GAZZETTA (Rossini in Wildbad Festival, Germany) garnered nominations for both Best Production and Best Direction from Opernwelt Magazine in 2008.
Following his critically acclaimed new production of Meyerbeer's grand opera LES HUGUENOTS at the Bard Summerscape - the first staged production in New York in nearly a century - he returned to create the first American staged production of Franz Schreker's masterpiece DER FERNE KLANG in Summer 2010. He returns again in 2012 to direct the North American staged premiere of Chabrier's opera-comique LE ROI MALGRE LUI.
Other highlights include LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST (Tiroler Landestheater, Innsbruck), AIDA (Lyric Opera of Kansas City), ORFEO ED EURIDICE and TURANDOT (Theater Augsburg), LA TRAVIATA and DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE (Arizona Opera), LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST (l'Opera de Montreal), and ARIADNE AUF NAXOS (Wolftrap Opera).
In addition to returning to the Norwegian National Opera, Strassberger's upcoming engagements include debuts with the Los Angeles Opera, Theater an der Wien (Vienna), Opera Company of Philadelphia, The Minnesota Opera, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (London).
Strassberger earned his degree in Engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City and further studies were supported by a Fulbright Fellowship to complete the Corso di Specializzazione per Scenografi Realizzatori at Teatro alla Scala in Milan in 2001.
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Nabucco G. Verdi Washington National Opera
Le roi malgre lui E. Chabrier Bard Summerscape
La fanciulla del West G. Puccini Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck
The Rape of Lucretia B. Britten Norwegian National Opera
Fidelio L. Beethoven Opera Boston
Der ferne Klang F. Schreker Bard Summerscape
Turandot G. Puccini Theater Augsburg
Hamlet A. Thomas Washington National Opera
Le Nozze di Figaro W.A. Mozart Norwegian National Opera
Les Huguenots G. Meyerbeer Bard Summerscape
La fanciulla del West G. Puccini L'opera de Montreal
Ariadne auf Naxos R. Strauss Wolf Trap Opera
La Traviata G. Verdi Arizona Opera
Die Zauberflote W.A. Mozart Arizona Opera
Orfeo ed Euridice C.W. Gluck Theater Augsburg
Aida G. Verdi Lyric Opera of Kansas City
La gazzetta G. Rossini Rossini in Wildbad
La cenerentola G. Rossini Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden
Die Zauberflote W.A. Mozart Utah Opera
Hamlet A. Thomas Lyric Opera of Kansas City
La cenerentola G. Rossini Opera Ireland
Rigoletto G. Verdi Opera Colorado