Thaddeus Strassberger won the European Opera Prize in 2005 for direction and scenic design and earned a degree in Engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City; he received a Fulbright Fellowship to complete the Corso di Specializzazione per Scenografi Realizzatori at the Accademia Teatro alla Scala in Milan in 2001. Born in Oklahoma, USA, in 1976, Strassberger is a proud citizen of the Cherokee Nation. His work has taken him around to the world where he has created over 60 productions in more than fifteen countries. Recent new productions include: NABUCCO starring Placido Domingo and Anna Pirozzi (Palau de las Arts Reina Sofia in Valenica),CARMEN (Danish National Opera), LA CLEMENZA DI TITO (LA Opera) and DEMON (Bard Summerscape, New York), SILENT LIGHT, a new work by Paola Prestini and Royce Vavrek (Banff Centre), LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST (NCPA Beijing). Upcoming productions include TURANDOT (Oper im Steinbruch, Austria), RUSALKA (Staatstheater Kassel), LA TRAVIATA (Ekaterinburg State Opera), and BORIS GODUNOV (TBA). His production of SATYAGRAHA, the first production of a Philip Glass opera in Russia, won the 2014 Bravo Award for Best Production and was awarded two Golden Mask Awards. Also in Ekaterinburg he staged Weinberg’s THE PASSENGER, which was also seen at Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and Martinu’s A GREEK PASSION in a new Russian translation.
Other past productions include: RIGOLETTO, ANDREA CHENIER and THE VOYAGE OF EDGAR ALLAN POE (Staatstheater Braunschweig), I DUE FOSCARI (Theater an der Wien, LA Opera, Palau de las Arts Valencia) and LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA, & DON GIOVANNI (The Norwegian Opera). World premieres include JFK (l’Opera de Montreal/Fort Worth) and GLARE (Covent Garden). UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, LES CONTES DE HOFFMANN, & PIQUE DAME (Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck), and HAMLET (Washington National Opera/Minnesota Opera/Fort Worth Opera/Lyric Opera of Kansas City. For Bard Summerscape, he created productions of LES HUGUENOTS, DER FERNE KLANG, LE ROI MALGRÉ LUI (co-produced with Wexford Festival), his widely acclaimed production of Sergei Tanejev’s monumental opera, THE ORESTEIA, the first staging of the neglected masterpiece to be seen outside of Russia, and Ethyl Smyth’s THE WRECKERS. This production of NABUCCO has been seen with LA Opera, Washington National Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Florida Grand Opera, and l’Opera de Montreal.