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About

Thomas Guthrie is an innovative and award-winning director, musician, actor and writer working in classical music, theatre, text and movement. A former Jette Parker Young Artist stage director at the Royal Opera House, he is the founding artistic director of GOTcompany, and founder of the charity Music and Theatre for All.

Equally at home devising new theatrical and musical work, working with singers and actors, performing, singing and writing, Tom also works with non-professionals of all ages and backgrounds. Some of his most thrilling projects have been in this field, including with Streetwise Opera and the Royal Opera House, through whom he has inspired hundreds to connect with their inner Caruso and raise the roof. His production of Ludd and Isis, an opera commissioned to launch the ROH’s new Production Park in Thurrock, involving a cast of hundreds, including professionals and amateurs of all ages, was acclaimed as ‘one of the Royal Opera House’s grandest achievements’.

“Thomas Guthrie is hot news. His imagination knows no bounds”
OPERA NOW

“Brilliant”
OPERA

Click here to see the Guardian’s recent photo essay on Tom’s Barbiere revival at ROH, 2016

Click here to watch Tom perform with Bjarte Eike’s Alehouse Boys on the BBC in 2016

Click here to watch a video on the making of the London premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Monster in the Maze conducted by Simon Rattle and directed by Tom from 2015

Click here for GOTcompany’s Death Actually trailer, here to watch a 1 minute trailer for their Die schöne Müllerin and here for 1 minute of the Bach Motets (all from 2014)

Click here to watch Tom’s appearance with puppet on Tom Service’s Schubertlab on Radio 3 from March 2012

Click here to read a full biography on the Percius website

Click here for more information on projects led by GOTcompany

Most recent

Bach’s St Matthew Passion, St Alban’s Abbey, February 2016

Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte, RNCM, March 2016

 

‘director Thomas Guthrie has created a fascinating take on Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte… highly effective, true to its original and up-to-date at the same time’, Manchester Theatre Awards

‘seriously effective… one might easily imagine it gracing Glyndebourne’, Seen and Heard International

Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Sestina, Northern Ireland, April 2016

‘truly excellent’, Belfast Telegraph

‘compelling, alluring, and gently devastating, a triumph for the power of the collective in an almost full house worthy of its presence’, The Big List

GOTcompany’s Real Life Actually installation, Brighton Festival, May 2016

‘more meaning to my present life than I could ever describe in words here’

‘bold/radical in its simplicity, intimacy and informality’

‘creative, moving, a beautiful expression of death’ (audience feedback)

Mozart’s Nozze di Figaro, Longborough Festival Opera, July 2016

***** ‘highly evocative…strong, cogent production’ (Plays to See)

**** ‘economy of means.. very likeable’ (Classical Source)

**** ‘simple, warm production’ (Bachtrack)

‘intelligent… convincing… many flashes of humour… thought-provoking… Mozart speaking to the world of today’ (Seen and Heard International)

‘thoughtful, dynamic’ (MusicOMH)

‘canny choice of setting, elegantly rendered’ (Spectator)

‘fizzes with joyous interaction’ (Musical Opinion)

ROH Thurrock Community Chorus 5th Anniversary Gala, July 2016

Rossini’s Barbiere di Siviglia, ROH, September 2016

**** ‘Thomas Guthrie’s reworking of Leiser and Caurier’s 2005 production is tremendous fun’, Guardian

**** ‘Now, as revived by Thomas Guthrie, the show fizzes because of its wonderfully assured performers’, Times

Mrs Mozart, Bergen Opera, August and October 2016

photos and reviews to follow

Murmartinstein, Bergen Opera, August and December 2016

photos and reviews to follow

Alehouse Boys, Barokksolistene dir Bjarte Eike, 2016

Watch BBC clip here

Upcoming

2017

January
27 Barokksolistene Alehouse Project (performer), Mozart-Saal, Vienna Konzerthaus, VIENNA

February
2 Monteverdi’s Orfeo (stage director), I Fagiolini Trondheim Barokk Festival, TRONDHEIM

March
21 and 22 Mozart’s Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots (stage director), Classical Opera Company, St John Smith’s Square, LONDON

April
15 National Youth Choir of Great Britain (guest speaker), IYCF Conference, Royal Albert Hall, LONDON

17 New commission, National Youth Choir of Great Britain (composer/arranger, stage director), Royal Festival Hall, LONDON

May
18 Monteverdi’s Orfeo, (stage director), I Fagiolini St John Smith’s Square, LONDON

June
12 and 13 Mozart’s Grabmusik and Apollo et Hyancinthus (stage director), Classical Opera Company, St John’s Smith Square, LONDON

July
12 St Matthew Passion (performer and stage director), York Early Music Festival, YORK

13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22 Mozart’s Magic Flute, Longborough Festival Opera cond Anthony Negus, (stage director), LONGBOROUGH

September/October
12 and further dates tbc Mozart’s Magic Flute (revival stage director), Royal Opera House, LONDON

September to January ’18
Visiting Fellow, Princeton University, New Jersey, USA

October
17 Handel’s Semele (stage director), Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Festival Hall, LONDON

November
8, 11 and 12 Monteverdi’s Orfeo (stage director), Brighton Early Music Festival, BRIGHTON

2018

January
12, 13 Monteverdi’s Orfeo (stage director), Princeton University, New Jersey, USA

June
dates tbc Wagner’s Flying Dutchman (stage director), Longborough Festival Opera con Anthony Negus, LONGBOROUGH