Director Ted Huffman was recently nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production and for the RPS Music Award for Opera for 4.48 Psychosis. During the 2017-18 season, Ted will make debuts at Opernhaus Zürich (Madama Butterfly), Festival Ljubljiana (Svádba) and Oper Frankfurt (Rinaldo) as well as returning to the Dutch National Opera (Trouble in Tahiti/Clemency), Royal Opera House (4.48 Psychosis revival) and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Ted is the recipient of a 2017 MacDowell Fellowship with composer Philip Venables.
Ted is best known for his work in new opera. He recently directed the world premieres of Arthur Lavandier’s Le premier meurtre for the Opéra de Lille and Venables’ 4.48 Psychosis, based on Sarah Kane’s last play, for the Royal Opera House, which won the 2016 UK Theatre Award for Achievement in Opera. His production of Peter Maxwell-Davies’ The Lighthouse was nominated, as part of English Touring Opera’s 2012 Autumn season, for an RPS Music Prize for Opera and won the WhatsOnStage Award for Opera. His production of Henze’s El Cimarron for the Greenwich Music Festival was nominated for “Best Direction” with Co-Director Zack Winokur in the German magazine, Opernwelt. Ted also recently directed 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 work work includes 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 studied at Yale University and apprenticed at San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program. He has taught acting and directed young artist productions for the Canadian Opera Company Studio, Merola Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Juilliard Opera and Yale Opera.