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Claus Guth

Stage director Claus Guth is one of the most sought-after and critically acclaimed artists of his generation. Born in Frankfurt, he completed his studies in Munich before directing a series of productions in Munich, Mannheim and Hamburg that quickly garnered international attention. His international breakthrough came in 1999, when he directed the world premiere of Luciano Berio’s Cronaca del Luogo at the Salzburg Festival. Claus Guth returned to Salzburg the following year for a production of Gluck’s Iphigenie en Tauride and has been a frequent guest at the festival since, with acclaimed productions of Mozart’s Zaide and the Da Ponte trilogy to his name, which has travelled to various houses in both Europe and America.

Biography:

Stage director Claus Guth is one of the most sought-after and critically acclaimed artists of his generation. Born in Frankfurt, he completed his studies in Munich before directing a series of productions in Munich, Mannheim and Hamburg that quickly garnered international attention. His international breakthrough came in 1999, when he directed the world premiere of Luciano Berio’s Cronaca del Luogo at the Salzburg Festival. Claus Guth returned to Salzburg the following year for a production of Gluck’s Iphigenie en Tauride and has been a frequent guest at the festival since, with acclaimed productions of Mozart’s Zaide and the Da Ponte trilogy to his name, which has travelled to various houses in both Europe and America.

A two-time recipient of the prestigious “Faust”-prize, Claus Guth is a regular guest at the world's leading opera houses and festivals. He directed Luisa Miller at Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Der fliegende Holländer at the Bayreuth Festival in 2003 and has been a regular guest at the Zurich Opera, where he directed productions of Fierrabras, Tristan und Isolde and Parsifal, amongst others. He frequently collaborates with the Frankfurt Opera, where notable productions include Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande and Strauss’ Daphne and Rosenkavalier. He regularly directs at Theater an der Wien, where past productions include the Monteverdi trilogy, and staged versions of Handel’s Messiah and Schubert’s Lazarus. Particularly acclaimed for his productions of all Richard Wagner’s operas, he has directed the complete Ring Cycle for the Hamburg Staatsoper.

Claus Guth is especially noted for his interest in contemporary music theatre and has directed a number of world premieres such as Chaya Czernowin’s Pnima…Ins Innere at the Munich Biennale, Peter Ruzicka’s Celan in Dresden and most recently Aschemond or The Fairy Queen with music by Helmuth Oehring and Henry Purcell at the Berlin Staatsoper. Further recent highlights of his body of work include the opening of Teatro alla Scala's 2013 season with a production of Wagner's Lohengrin conducted by Daniel Barenboim and a production of Strauss' Die Frau ohne Schatten which was co-produced by Milan’s Teatro alla Scala and London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden. In the 2016-17 season, Claus directed a new production of Jephta at De Nationale Opera in Amsterdam, before returning to the Opera National de Paris for a revival of Lohengrin. He made his debut at Teatro Real Madrid with a new production of Rodelinda under the baton of Ivor Bolton, and in Glyndebourne with his new staging of La Clemenza di Tito, alongside conductor Robin Ticciati. Further revivals included Frau ohne Schatten at the Staatsoper Berlin im Schillertheater, conducted by Zubin Metha and Rigoletto at the Opera National de Paris.

Claus Guth kicks off the 17/18 season with the revival of his staging of Mozarts Lucio Silla, which first premiered twelve years ago at Theater an der Wien and a revival of his celebrated staging of Wagners Tristan und Isolde in Turin. He returns to the Opera National de Paris for a new production of La Bohème, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, and his staging of Handel's Jephta, as part of a coproduction with the De Nationale Opera. The season further takes him back to the Theater an der Wien for a new production of Handel's Saul, starring Anna Prohaska and Florian Boesch, before closing with a new production of Die lustige Witwe at the Oper Frankfurt, starring Marlis Petersen.