Claus Guth Director
Season 23/24 ArtistSeason 24/25 Artist

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Born in Frankfurt, Claus Guth studied Philosophy, German Literature and Drama at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and then stage direction at Munich’s August Everding Theatre Academy.

After his debut in Munich, Mannheim and Hamburg, his career took on an international dimension when he directed the world premiere production of Luciano Berio’s Cronaca del luogo at the 1999 Salzburg Festival. He then staged several productions there, including Iphigénie en Tauride, Zaide and the Mozart / Da Ponte trilogy.

He directed The Flying Dutchman at the Bayreuth Festival in 2003 and is a regular guest at the Zurich Opera (Fierrabras, Radamisto, Tristan et Isolde, Parsifal…). His other productions include the complete Ring Cycle at the Staatsoper in Hamburg, Tannhäuser at the Wiener Staatsoper, Lohengrin at Teatro alla Scala and the Paris Opera, Die Frau ohne Schatten at La Scala and Royal Opera House Covent Garden, The Turn of the Screw and Juliette at the Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Der Rosenkavalier, Puccini’s Triptych and The Merry Widow at the Frankfurt Opera, Salomé at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Jephtha at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, Rodelinda at the Teatro Real in Madrid, and La Clemenza di Tito at the Glyndebourne Festival, Saül at Theater an der Wien.

Claus Guth is also highly involved in the field of contemporary music and has staged numerous creations including Celan (Peter Ruzicka), SehnSuchtMeer (Richard Wagner / Helmut Oehring), Aschemond oder The Fairie Queen (Helmut Oehring / Henry Purcell), Violetter Schnee (Beat Furrer), Lazarus (Franz Schubert / Charles Ives) and Heart Chamber (Czernowin).

His recent engagements include Tristan und Isolde in Zurich, Salome in Moscow, Dialogues des carmélites, The Merry Widow and Elektra in Frankfurt, Le Nozze di Figaro in Madrid, The Makropulos Affair in Berlin, Parsifal in Barcelona, Il Viaggio, Dante in Aix-en-Provence, Don Carlo in Naples, Bluthaus (Georg Friedrich Haas) in Munich and in Lyon.

At the Paris Opera: Rigoletto, 2016 ; Lohengrin, 2017 ; La Bohème, 2017 ; Jephta, 2018 ; Bérénice, 2018 

Currently in

  • Opéra Bastille
  • from 01 December 2024 to 12 June 2025
  • Palais Garnier
  • from 21 March to 09 April 2025

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