Thaddeus Strassberger made his debut The Royal OperaHouse Covent Garden with I DUE FOSCARI starring Plácido Domingo, who alsoappeared in 2017 in his widely-acclaimed staging of NABUCCO in Los Angeles, whichwas first seen at the Washington National Opera.

This season, new productions include: DEMON (BardSummerscape, his sixth new production with the New York festival), CARMEN(Danish National Opera), and LA CLEMENZA DI TITO (LA Opera).

He recently directed and designed the world premiereproduction of the opera JFK by David T. Little and Royce Vavrek for Fort WorthOpera and l'Opera de Montreal and GLARE by Søren Nils Eichberg at CoventGarden. 

His production for the Ekaterinburg State AcademicOpera, SATYAGRAHA, the first ever production of a Philip Glass opera in Russiawon the 2014 Bravo Award for Best Production in the Sverdlovsk Region and wasnominated in five categories, including Best Production and Best Director, forthe 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 theBolshoi Opera in Moscow in Spring 2016 and was awarded two Golden Mask Awards-- Critic's Choice for Best Production and Best Chorus. He returned toEkaterinburg in 2016 to direct and design the Russian staged premiere ofWeinberg’s THE PASSENGER, which is also a co-operation with the Bolshoi Theatrein Moscow.  The production won two GoldenMask awards; he returned for a third production, Bohuslav Martinu's A GREEKPASSION in a new Russian translation.

Other productions include: RIGOLETTO, ANDREA CHENIERand THE VOYAGE OF EDGAR ALLAN POE (Staatstheater Braunschweig), I DUE FOSCARI(Theater an der Wien, LA Opera, Palau de las Arts Valencia) and LE NOZZE DIFIGARO, THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA, & DON GIOVANNI (The Norwegian Opera). In2018, he returns to New York’s Bard Summerscape to direct Antonin Rubinstein’sTHE DEMON, his sixth production with the festival, previously having created productionsof LES HUGUENOTS, DER FERNE KLANG, LE ROI MALGRÉ LUI (co-produced with WexfordFestival), his widely acclaimed production of Sergei Tanejev’s monumentalopera, THE ORESTEIA, the first staging of the neglected masterpiece to be seenoutside of Russia, and Ethyl Smyth’s THE WRECKERS.

Notable past productions include: UN BALLO INMASCHERA, LES CONTES DE HOFFMANN, & PIQUE DAME (Tiroler LandestheaterInnsbruck), HAMLET (Washington National Opera/Minnesota Opera/Fort WorthOpera/Lyric Opera of Kansas City), NABUCCO (Washington National Opera/MinnesotaOpera/Opera Philadelphia/Florida Grand Opera, l’Opera de Montreal), LAFANCIULLA DEL WEST (l’Opera de Montreal, Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck). Hisproduction of the rarely heard LA GAZZETTA (Rossini in Wildbad Festival,Germany) garnered nominations for both Best Production and Best Direction fromOpernwelt Magazine.

Thaddeus Strassberger won the European Opera Prize in2005, and earned a degree in Engineering from The Cooper Union for theAdvancement of Science and Art in New York City; he received a FulbrightFellowship to complete the Corso di Specializzazione per ScenografiRealizzatori at the Accademia Teatro alla Scala in Milan in 2001.  

- July 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

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