Oriol Tomas

The recipient of the 2015 Claude Rostand Prize for the best opera production (awarded by the Syndicat de la Critique théâtre, musique et danse de France), Oriol Tomas has staged Sauguet’s Les Caprices de Marianne in some fifteen opera companies in France, including the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, the Opéra du Grand Avignon, the Opéra de Bordeaux, and the Opéra de Marseille. In 2018-19, he will stage Gordon’s 27 for the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal. In 2017-18, he directed Gaveaux’s Leonore for Opera Lafayette in Washington, DC; Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess for the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal; two productions of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, one for the Festival d’Opéra de Québec and the other for the Edmonton Opera; as well as Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Université de Montréal. In recent seasons, he directed Mozart’s Don Giovanni for both the Opéra de Tours and the Opéra de Reims; Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, and Handel’s Rodelinda at Pacific Opera Victoria; Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, and Verdi’s Il trovatore at the Opéra de Montréal; and Verdi’s La traviata, Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, and Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette for Jeunesses Musicales Canada. For the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, he has directed Menotti’s The Consul and The Telephone, Bizet’s Carmen, Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, From Cinema to Opera, Christmas at the Opera (with the Orchestre Métropolitain), Apéro à l’Opéra (a television series shown on ARTV), and two of his own works: Le Quatrième Enfant-Lune and Aleacanto, both part of the PdA Junior series at Place des Arts in Montreal and nominated for Opus Awards in 2010-11 for the “Best Young Audience Show of the Year.” As part of his Master’s in Opera Direction at the École supérieure de théâtre de l’Université du Québec à Montréal, he presented Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande. He also possesses a diploma in theatrical performance from UQÀM. In addition to sitting on several juries, he teaches acting techniques to the singers of the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, at the Université de Montréal, the University of Ottawa, the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, Domaine Forget Music Academy, Pacific Opera Victoria's Young Artist Program, and Montreal’s Foly Estivale.