Renowned stage director Oriol Tomas, recipient of the first prize of the ‘Concours du Centre Français de Promotion Lyrique’, stage-directed in the past year Les Caprices de Marianne by Henri Sauguet at sixteen different opera houses in France, including Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Opéra du Grand Avignon, Opéra de Bordeaux and Opéra de Marseille. For the 2016-17 season, he will stage Mozart’s Die zauberflöte at the Pacific Opera Victoria, Verdi’s La Traviata for the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada and Beethoven’s Leonore at Opera Lafayette in Washington.
He recently directed Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet for the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada, and created From Silver Screen To The Opera, an innovative project for Opéra de Montréal. During the past seasons, Oriol directed Ariadne auf Naxos by Strauss and Rodelinda de Handel with Pacific Opera Victoria, and three productions with Opéra de Montréal: Le Barbier de Séville by Rossini, La Chauve-Souris by Strauss and Il Trovatore by Verdi. Oriol also directed Donizetti ‘s Don Pasquale for Jeunesses Musicales du Canada, and Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Opéra de Tours and Opéra de Reims.
For the Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, he directed The Consul by Menotti in collaboration with the National Theatre School of Canada, Trouble in Tahiti by Bernstein, Noël à l’Opéra with the Orchestre Métropolitain, Apéro à l’Opéra, a television show broadcast on ARTV, The Telephone by Menotti and two of his own creations: Le Quatrième Enfant-Lune composed by Gabriel Thibaudeau and Aleacanto programmed in the PDA junior series of the Place des Arts de Montréal, where he was nominated for the Opus Prize 2010-11 in the category of “Best show for a young audience”.
Oriol directed and staged Pelléas et Mélisande by Debussy as part of his Masters degree in operatic stage direction at l’École Supérieure de Théâtre of l’Université du Québec à Montréal in 2008, where he also graduated in acting in 2003. He also studied stage direction and theatrical theory at l’Université Laval in Québec (1996). In addition to sitting on many juries, he has taught acting techniques to the singers of l’Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, Ottawa University, Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, Pacific Opera Victoria’s Young Artist Program, the Académie de Musique du Domaine Forget and the Folyestivale.