The American director Ted Huffman made his debut in Germany with this production of Rinaldo at Oper Frankfurt, where he returns next season. He is currently directing Handel's Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen, which is followed by Britten's A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Montpellier. Recent engagements have included Salome at Cologne Opera, a Trouble in Tahiti / Clemency double bill in the Nationale Opera Amsterdam's Opera Forward Festival and Madama Butterfly at Zurich Opera. Ted Huffman became internationally well known for his productions of contemporary operas. The world premiere of Philip Venables' 4.48 Psychosis, based on Sarah Kane's last play, at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London won the 2016 UK Theatre Award. Other world premieres were Luke Styles’ Macbeth at the Glyndebourne Festival and Arthur Lavandier's Le premier meurtre at Lille Opera and the first performances in Europe of Ana Sokolovic's Svádba at the Aix-en-Provence Festival (which was also performed at Opéra Angers-Nantes and the Grand Théâtre in Luxemburg). He has also worked at other theatres including the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Chamber Opera / Theater an der Wien and at the Aldeburgh Festival. Born in New York, Ted Huffman studied at Yale University and was a member of San Francisco Opera's renowned Merola Opera Program.