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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.

Latest News:

  • 14.04.2019 - Claus Guth: Heart Chamber in Berlin

  • Claus Guth directs a production of Chaya Czernowin's Heart Chamber at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, starring Patrizia Ciofi, Noa Frenkel, Dietrich Henschel, Terry Wey and Frauke Aulbert. The performances take place from November 15 - December 6. Heart Chamber is the name of Chaya Czernowin's latest musical theatre piece, and she aims to delve as deep as she can. She continues the...

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  • 21.01.2019 - Claus Guth: Händel's Orlando in Vienna

  • Claus Guth's new production of Händel's Orlando premieres April 14 and will be on stage until April 28 at the Theater an der Wien.  Christophe Dumaux stars as Orlando, Florian Boesch sings Zoroastro and Anna Prohaska is Angelica. Giovanni Antonini conducts.

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  • 10.12.2018 - Claus Guth: Handel’s “Rodelinda” at Opéra de Lyon

  • “Rodelinda” was first performed on February 13, 1725, at the King’s Theatre in the Haymarket, London. Opera de Lyon states, “This is one of Handel’s most accomplished masterpieces, rich in dramatic imagination and brought to life by a great heroine. Passionate love, inevitable mourning, and political rivalries are at the heart of this opera. This classic is presented...

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  • 16.09.2018 - Claus Guth: Violetter Schnee at the Staatsoper Berlin

  • Premiering on January 13, Claus Guth stages Beat Furrer's Violetter Schnee at the Staatsoper Berlin. This opera portrays the world is in a state of emergency. Five people are trapped in perpetual snowdrifts where time appears to stand still. Violetter Schnee reflects on existential experiences of estrangement and loss of language in the face of looming disaster, translating these...

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  • 06.08.2018 - Opera Magazine excerpt: Director Claus Guth is profiled as he stages the premiere of Michael Jarrell’s Berenice in Paris

  • Guth was born in Frankfurt, which was where he first came into contact with opera. “I have an unusual first memory [of opera]… I was 14 or 15 - maybe I had been to the opera before with my parents, but I don’t remember. I grew up in Frankfurt in the Michael Gielen era, a time of very radical Regietheater, probably the most radical in the history of opera. I saw Ruth...

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  • 14.05.2018 - Claus Guth stages Jarrell's Bérénice World Premiere

  • On September 29, Claus Guth stages the World Premiere of Michael Jarrell's Bérénice at the Opéra National de Paris. Christian Schmidt is in charge of stage design and costuming and Philippe Jordan is the musical director. Barbara Hannigan sings the title role, Bo Skovhus is Titus, Florian Boesch is Antiochus, Julian Behr is Arsace and Alastair Miles...

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