Thomas Guthrie is an innovative and award-winning British director and musician working in theatre and music to tell stories in vivid, new and direct ways.
A former Jette Parker Young Artist Stage Director at the Royal Opera House in London, his revival of David McVicar’s Die Zauberflöte there won What’s On Stage Best Revival 2018. His own critically acclaimed productions of Le Nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte at Longborough Festival Opera led to an invitation to direct Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer there in 2018 (subsequently called ‘one of the best productions at this venue I have seen’, Rupert Christiansen, Telegraph).
With a reputation for stylish, unfussy, energetic, physical, theatrical and sometimes controversial work, the clarity of the storytelling, the commitment of the performers and a pre-eminence of musical values are at the heart of his productions.
In his own words, ‘great theatre depends more on engaging and inspiring the imagination of the audience than on telling them what to think’ (from a recent Q and A at Princeton University). Or to put it another way, in David Bowie’s: ‘the space in the middle is what the 21st century is going to be all about’ (interview in the Guardian, 2016).
Tom also works with non-professionals of all ages and backgrounds. Some of his most thrilling projects have been in this field, including work with Streetwise Opera (as a performer/workshop leader), the Prison Choir Project and the Royal Opera House (both as director), 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’ (Opera).
Thomas is the founder and artistic director of the charity Music and Theatre for All, Guest Artistic Advisor to the York Early Music Festival, and was Belknap Fellow at Princeton University, New Jersey in 2017.
“Thomas Guthrie is hot news. His imagination knows no bounds”
Click here for the ROH’s video introduction to Tom’s award winning revival of Magic Flute (Sept 2017)
Click here for clips from his Winterreise arrangement and production in Princeton, USA (Oct 2017)
Click here to see the Guardian’s photo essay on Tom’s Barbiere revival at ROH, 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 Music and Theatre For All‘s Death Actually trailer, here to watch a 1 minute trailer of his arrangement and production of Die schöne Müllerin and here for 1 minute of his world premiere staging of the Bach Motets (all from 2014)