Thaddeus Strassberger won the European Opera Prize, and earned a degree in Engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City; he received a Fulbright Fellowship to complete the Corso di Specializzazione per Scenografi Realizzatori at Teatro alla Scala in Milan in 2001.
Thaddeus Strassberger made his debut The Royal Opera House Covent Garden with I DUE FOSCARI starring Plácido Domingo, who also appears in his widely-acclaimed staging of NABUCCO, which was first seen at the Washington National Opera.
He recently directed and designed the world premiere production of the opera JFK by David T. Little and Royce Vavrek for Fort Worth Opera and l'Opera de Montreal and GLARE by Søren Nils Eichberg at Covent Garden.
His production for the Ekaterinburg State Academic Opera, SATYAGRAHA, the first ever production of a Philip Glass opera in Russia won the 2014 Bravo Award for Best Production in the Sverdlovsk Region and was nominated in five categories, including Best Production and Best Director, for the 2016 Golden Mask Award, Russia's most prestigious performing arts award. The production was seen at the Golden Mask Festival on the New Stage of the Bolshoi Opera in Moscow in Spring 2016 and was awarded two Golden Mask Awards -- Critic's Choice for Best Production and Best Chorus. He returned to Ekaterinburg in 2016 to direct and design the Russian staged premiere of Weinberg’s THE PASSENGER, which is also a co-operation with the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, and next directs Bohuslav Martinu's A GREEK PASSION in a new Russian translation.
Other productions include: RIGOLETTO, ANDREA CHENIER and THE VOYAGE OF EDGAR ALLAN POE (StaatstheaterBraunschweig), I DUE FOSCARI (Theater an der Wien, LA Opera, Palau de las Arts Valencia) and LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA, & DON GIOVANNI (The Norwegian Opera). In 2018, he returns to New York’s Bard Summerscape to direct Antonin Rubinstein’s THE DEMON, his sixth production with the festival, previously having created productions of LES HUGUENOTS, DER FERNE KLANG, LE ROI MALGRÉ LUI (co-produced with Wexford Festival), his widely acclaimed production of Sergei Tanejev’s monumental opera, THE ORESTEIA, the first staging of the neglected masterpiece to be seen outside of Russia, and Ethyl Smyth’s THE WRECKERS.
Notable past productions include: UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, LES CONTES DE HOFFMANN, & PIQUE DAME (Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck), HAMLET (Washington National Opera/Minnesota Opera/Fort Worth Opera/Lyric Opera of Kansas City), NABUCCO (Washington National Opera/Minnesota Opera/Opera Philadelphia/Florida Grand Opera, l’Opera de Montreal), LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST (l’Opera de Montreal, Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck). His production of the rarely heard LA GAZZETTA (Rossini in Wildbad Festival, Germany) garnered nominations for both Best Production and Best Direction from Opernwelt Magazine.
- January 2018
"Few young stage directors in opera have demonstrated an intellectual drive to match Thaddeus Strassberger's."
- Opera News 'Opera's Next Wave' Feature
"Stage director Thaddeus Strassberger made it a powerful musical and theatrical statement, placing it firmly among the most memorable events of the festival's eleven-year history."
- Opera News on The Oresteia
"Strongly cast and insightfully directed, Les Huguenots proved mesmerizing."
- The Wall Street Journal
Der ferne Klang, "directed by Thaddeus Strassberger and conducted by Leon Botstein, delivered the opera’s blast of intensity with enough affective power to make it clear that we’ve all been missing out."
- The New Yorker
"Director/designer Thaddeus Strassberger had a clear vision for this Hamlet, and the result is an outstanding production, in which Thomas' lush, Romantic music complements Strassberger's 20th-century setting and vice versa...Strassberger and the Washington National Opera deserve credit for allowing access to his work through this exciting, innovative production."
- The Washington Examiner
"Thaddeus Strassberger's busy, show-businessy production, performed on a revolving set of the hotel room, has a measure of visual spectacle necessary for an opera in which worlds collide. Again offering something entertaining for everyone, Strassberger blithely moves from the bizarre to the real, from melodrama to farce."
- The LA Times on JFK