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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. Claus Guth began the 2015-16 season with a new production of L'incoronazione di Poppea at the Theater an der Wien, before returning to the Deutsche Oper Berlin for a production of Salome and to the Staatsoper Berlin for a widely acclaimed production of Martinu's Juliette conducted by Daniel Barenboim. He made his debut at the Opera de Paris with a production of Rigoletto.

Claus Guth kicks off the 16/17 season with a new production of Handel’s Jephta at De Nationale Opera in Amsterdam, a co-production with the Opera de Paris. He then returns to Teatro Real Madrid to direct Handel’s Rodelinda, which is co-produced by Oper Frankfurt and end the season making his debut at the Glyndebourne Festival with Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito.