Thomas de Mallet Burgess has established an international reputation directing award-winning opera and music-theatre. His association with RIAM Opera began in 2007 when he directed Le Nozze di Figaro. He returned in 2012 to direct a very special production of Handel’s Semele.
Other credits include productions for Canadian Opera Company (Elektra), The Royal Opera House Covent Garden (Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Carmen, La Boheme), Wexford Festival Opera (Alessandro Stradella, La Vestale), Opera Ireland (Dead Man Walking), Malmö Opera (La Traviata), English Touring Opera (La Bohème, Don Giovanni) and two new community operas for Blackheath Concert Halls London (The Queen of Sheba’s Legs, The Uninvited). Other production credits include: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Cork Opera House), Hamlet (Edinburgh Festival), Salome (Théâtre-Poème, Brussels) and Matilda (Ion Creanga Theatre, Bucharest).
He is author of the ground-breaking work, The Singing and Acting Handbook (Routledge: London and New York), which is used worldwide in the education of opera and musical theatre students. He is also a regular guest director and lecturer at conservatories of music including: The Guildhall School of Music and Drama London, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, The Royal Academy of Music London, The University of Western Australia and The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
Thomas has won a number of awards for his productions including: Outstanding Production in Canada’s Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Elektra (Canadian Opera Company); two National Opera Association Best Opera Production Awards for The Rape of Lucretia and The Medium (Cincinnati); and two Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards nominations for Best Opera Production for The Barber of Seville (Cork Opera House) and Dead Man Walking (Opera Ireland).
In the past ten years, he has served as Visiting Professor of Opera at the prestigious University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and, until recently, as Artistic Director at Wexford Opera House with responsibility for creating a cohesive artistic vision for Ireland’s first, purpose-built state of the art opera house.
Born in the UK, he graduated with a BA and MA from St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University where he read Philosophy and Modern Languages. He is currently living in Perth, Western Australia.