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Thomas Guthrie

Director / Actor / Tenor

Celebrated for his strikingly imaginative, emotionally intense and technically disciplined approach - British Director Thomas Guthrie brings a wealth of performing experience to his operatic and theatrical work.

Plans for the 2017/18 season include a new production of Der Fliegende Hollander (Longborough Festival Opera), a revival of Die Zauberflöte (Royal Opera House), a USA tour with Barokksolistene and a Fellowship at Princeton University to write a book focusing on opera performance and approach. He will also be directing a production of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo for Brighton Early Music Festival in November, and plans are afoot for further collaborations with the York Early Music Festival in his role as artistic advisor.

Highlights of recent seasons include the acclaimed new production of The Magic Flute (Longborough Festival Opera), the UK premiere of Jonathan Dove’s new opera ‘The Monster in the Maze’ with Sir Simon Rattle/London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre and revivals of Andrea Chenier (McVicar, Beijing NCPA), Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Leiser/Caurier, ROH), Die Zauberflöte (McVicar, ROH), being Assistant Director to Damiano Michieletto for his award-winning Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and an appearance in the role of Christus at YEMF in a semi-staged performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion under his own direction, alongside Charles Daniels and the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists.

He has also written and directed a ground-breaking contemporary comic chamber opera for Bergen National Opera ‘Mrs Mozart’ based on the life of Constanze, and directed Purcell’s Fairy Queen (Middle Temple Hall), Mozart’s Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots, Apollo et Hyacinthus and J.C. Bach’s Adriano in Siria for Classical Opera Company, and The Marriage of Figaro for Longborough Festival Opera. Guthrie also recently directed a rare performance of Sir John Tavener’s Veil of the Temple at St Olav’s Festival in Norway with Stephen Layton. He has also directed English Touring Opera’s Fairy Queen and a stunning new production of The Barber of Seville’.

As part of his education and outreach work he has recently directed Carmen as part of the Prison Choir Project at Dartmoor Prison and composed and directed ‘SAL:VEH’ for the National Youth Choir at the Royal Festival Hall in 2017. Other recent community and education projects include McNeff’s Tarka the Otter for the Two Moors Festival and a new production of Così fan Tutte for the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

An unusually diverse director, Guthrie was Young Artist Stage Director at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where he assisted Robert Carsen, Olivia Fuchs, Stephen Langridge, Piero Faggioni, Patrice Caurier, Moshe Leiser, Martin Duncan and Justin Way. Guthrie sang as a treble at St John’s College, Cambridge before going on to study Classics at Trinity College, Cambridge and later won a scholarship to do a Performing Masters at the Royal Nothern College of Music where he won the Fassbaender Award for Lieder, the Schubert Prize and later studied with Sir Thomas Allen in Chicago. Guthrie regularly performs at festivals across Europe with the imaginative ensemble Barokksolistene.

His own production company, GOTcompany, allows him to explore and develop his interest in physicality, music and text. The company received critical acclaim for its Death Actually show, which premiered at the Spitalfields Festival and includes the world’s first staging of three Bach motets as well as a new orchestration of Schubert Die Schöne Müllerin performed with a puppet, strings, guitars and percussion, the final part of which - an audio-visual installation - launched at the Brighton Festival in May 2016.

Much of Guthrie’s approach is encapsulated by David Bowie’s quote: “The idea that the piece of work is not finished until the audience come to it and add their own interpretation”

Thomas lives in London and is a proud Dad to two boys.

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