Ted Huffman

Based in London, Ted Huffman is a multi-award winning American director of opera and music theater. He is best known for his stagings of contemporary opera, but has also received acclaim for his versions of classics by Handel, Puccini, Strauss, Poulenc, and others.

Ted’s production of 4.48 Psychosis (Venables/Kane) for the Royal Opera House won the UK Theatre Award for Best Opera Production as well as best production nominations from the Oliver Awards, RPS Awards, and South Bank Sky Arts Awards.  This production traveled to the Prototype Festival in 2019 and will be revived again this fall at the Opéra national du Rhin. His production of Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno for the Royal Theater Copenhagen and Malmö Opera recently received a Reumert Prize nomination for Best Opera and will play next year at the Opéra national de Montpellier. Other awards include the WhatsOnStage Award and an RPS Award nomination for The Lighthouse (Maxwell-Davies) in the Linbury Theatre and a Best Director nomination with co-Director Zack Winokur in the Opernwelt Jahrbuch for El Cimarrón (Henze).

During the 2019/20 season, Ted will make his debuts at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Opéra national du Rhin, and Opera Philadelphia as well as returning to Opernhaus Zürich, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and Opéra national de Montpellier for new productions.

Past work includes Madama Butterfly (Opernhaus Zürich), Rinaldo (Oper Frankfurt), Salome (Oper Köln), Arthur Lavandier’s Le premier meurtre (Opéra de Lille), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Opéra national de Montpellier), Luke Styles’ Macbeth (Glyndebourne), Ana Sokolovic’s Svádba (Festival Aix-en-Provence, Opéra Angers-Nantes, Les Théâtres de la ville de Luxembourg, Festival Ljubljana), Les mamelles de Tirésias (La Monnaie, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Dutch National Opera, Juilliard Opera, Aldeburgh Festival), and Der Kaiser von Atlantis (Central City Opera, Juilliard Opera, Greenwich Music Festival).

Ted’s first original libretto, Denis and Katya, a commission by Opera Philadelphia and Music Theatre Wales, has been nominated with composer Philip Venables for the 2019 Fedora Prize.

Ted studied Humanities at Yale University and apprenticed at San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program. He was a MacDowell Fellow in 2017.