Katharina Thoma is an internationally sought-after opera director. She opened Oper Frankfurt’s 2012/13 season with Samuel Barber‘s Vanessa, which was first seen at Malmö Opera, which was followed by this production of Martha (available on CD - OehmsClassics), and returns later this season for a new Tristan und Isolde. Other plans include Lohengrin at the Tirol Festival in Erl. Recent productions have included Ariadne auf Naxos at the Glyndebourne Festival, La clemenza di Tito at the Opéra national du Rhin in Strasbourg, Un ballo in maschera at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, Hänsel und Gretel in Göteborg, the world premiere of Tristessa at the Royal Opera in Stockholm and Manon Lescaut at Theatre Dessau. She directed many operas during her time (2011 – 2014) as house director of Theater Dortmund, including Carmen, Il trovatore, La Bohème and Boris Godunow. She turned to opera direction after studying the piano at the University for Music in Lübeck, and worked as an assitant at Staatstheater Kassel and Oper Frankfurt. She came second at Camerata Nuova‘s 2007 European Opern Director awards. She taught at the University for Music in Mainz from 2008 - 2012 and was a guest professor at Graz’s University for the Arts in 2018. She became a professor at the University for Music in Würzburg in 2019/20 where she runs the Opera School.