TED HUFFMAN
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Director Ted Huffman was recently nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production and for an RPS Music Award in Opera for 4.48 Psychosis at the Royal Opera House.

During the 2017-18 season, Ted will make debuts at Opernhaus Zürich (Madama Butterfly), Festival Ljubljiana (Svádba) and Oper Frankfurt (Rinaldo) as well as return to the Dutch National Opera (Trouble in Tahiti/Clemency) and the Royal Opera House. Ted is the also recipient of a 2017 MacDowell Fellowship with composer Philip Venables. 

Ted Huffman is best known for his work in new opera, which has received several awards. The world premiere production of Venables’ 4.48 Psychosis, based on Sarah Kane’s last play, for the Royal Opera House, won the 2016 UK Theatre Award for Achievement in Opera. His production of Peter Maxwell-Davies’ The Lighthouse for English Touring Opera was nominated for an RPS Music Prize for Opera in 2012 and won the WhatsOnStage Award for Opera. Henze’s El Cimarron for the Greenwich Music Festival, with Co-Director Zack Winokur, was nominated for “Best Direction” in the German magazine Opernwelt. Ted also recently directed the world premieres of Arthur Lavandier’s Le premier meurtre for the Opéra de Lille, the world premiere of Luke Styles’ Macbeth (Glyndebourne, Royal Opera House) and the European premiere of Ana Sokolovic’s Svádba, with Zack Winokur (Festival Aix-en-Provence, Opéra Angers-Nantes, Les Théâtres de la ville de Luxembourg).

Other past productions include Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias (La Monnaie, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Dutch National Opera, Juilliard Opera, Aldeburgh Festival), Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis (Central City Opera, Juilliard Opera, Greenwich Music Festival), Philip Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox (Skylight Music Theater) and Eugene Onegin (Theater an der Wien in der Kammeroper). Ted has also created concert stagings of Die Dreigroschenoper with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Vladimir Jurowski and La cambiale di matrimonio with the Philharmonia Baroque and Nicholas McGegan. 

Ted Huffman studied at Yale University and apprenticed at San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program. He has taught acting and directed young artist productions for Yale Opera, Juilliard Opera, the Canadian Opera Company Studio, Pittsburgh Opera, Merola Opera and Santa Fe Opera.
 
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"[...]rawly powerful and laceratingly honest[...]Ted Huffman’s finely choreographed staging strikes the right note of unrelieved austerity. This is an urgent message from black-dog hell, and it should not go unheeded."
The Daily Telegraph, 4.48 Psychosis - Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, May 2016
"Where this first ever operatic setting by Philip Venables succeeds is through simple honesty. With a score ranging guilelessly from motoric arrhythmia to wispy renaissance, director Ted Huffman and team attempt neither dramatic adornment nor explanation but allow the text to breathe within a kaleidoscope of inner-outer conflict."
The Independent, 4.48 Psychosis - Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, May 2016
"Ted Huffman’s production has a disturbing fluidity [...]4:48 Psychosis is a remarkable achievement."
 
The Guardian, 4.48 Psychosis - Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, May 2016
"It’s unhinged and chilling, albeit laced with Kane’s trademark humour. Most of all, it is dizzyingly colourful. Ted Huffman’s production does well to keep things simple[...]"
Financial Times, 4.48 Psychosis - Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, May 2016
"Philip Venables’ operatic version of Sarah Kane’s final play is both startling and immensely moving…Hannah Clark’s sparse designs and Ted Huffman’s unfussy production both focus attention on the individual performances[...]an immensely moving piece."
 
The Stage, 4.48 Psychosis - Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, May 2016

Ted Huffman

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