Thomas Guthrie, stage director of Monteverdi’s opera L’Orfeo and Artistic Adviser to the York Early Music Festival, discusses the history of the use of puppets in opera and theatre. Join him as he explains how they can be used to enhance the storytelling and draw attention to the music, and shares his thoughts on how puppets can take the art form forward.
About the speaker
Thomas Guthrie is an innovative and award-winning British director and musician working in theatre and music to tell stories in vivid, new and direct ways. A former Jette Parker Young Artist Stage Director at the Royal Opera House in London, his revival of David McVicar’s Die Zauberflöte there won What’s On Stage Best Revival 2018. His own critically acclaimed productions of Le Nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte at Longborough Festival Opera led to an invitation to direct Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer there in 2018.
Thomas is the founder and artistic director of the charity Music and Theatre for All, Guest Artistic Adviser to the York Early Music Festival and was Belknap Fellow at Princeton University, New Jersey in 2017. Read more at thomasguthrie.com.