Renowned stage director Oriol Tomas, recipient of « Grand Prix Claude Rostand » in 2015 (Syndicat de la Critique théâtre, musique et danse de France), for 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.
Over his career, he staged 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 which show will be presented in New York City in 2020. In 2019-2020, among other shows, he directed Verdi’s La Traviata at the Icelandic Opera in Reykjavik, Ian Gordon’s Twenty-seven at the Opéra de Montréal.
He directed Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet for Jeunesses Musicales du Canada, and created From Silver Screen To The Opera, an innovative project for Opéra de Montréal. Oriol also 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. As well as Donizetti ‘s Don Pasquale for Jeunesses Musicales du Canada, and Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Opéra de Tours and Opéra de Reims.
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.
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