Thaddeus Strassberger recently made his debut The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, where he directed both Plácido Domingo in I DUE FOSCARI, as well as a world premiere opera, GLARE, by Søren Nils Eichberg. In October 2017, he will again direct Maestro Domingo 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.
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 has been 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 Martinů's A GREEK PASSION in a new Russian translation.
Recently, he also directed RIGOLETTO, ANDREA CHENIER and THE VOYAGE OF EDGAR ALLAN POE (StaatstheaterBraunschweig), I DUE FOSCARI (Theater an der Wien) and DON GIOVANNI (The Norwegian Opera). In 2015, he returned to New York’s Bard Summerscape to direct Dame Ethyl Smyth's THE WRECKERS, his fifth production with the festival, previously having created productions of LES HUGUENOTS, DER FERNE KLANG, LE ROI MALGRÉ LUI (co-produced with Wexford Festival), and 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. He next directs and designs a new production of LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN (Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck).
Notable past productions include: UN BALLO IN MASCHERA & 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), and LE NOZZE DI FIGARO and THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA (The Norwegian Opera). His production of I DUE FOSCARI has recently been seen in Los Angeles and Valencia as well. 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.
He began his career when he was awarded the prestigious European Opera Prize in 2005 for LA CENERENTOLA (Opera Ireland/Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden), having already 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.
- April 2017
"Few young stage directors in opera have demonstrated an intellectual drive to match Thaddeus Strassberger's."
- Opera News 'Opera's Next Wave' Feature
"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