NAME: Thaddeus Strassberger  
NATION: Cherokee  
DISCIPLINE: Scenic Designer/Director  


As an assistant director, Strassberger has worked with the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Teatro la Fenice in Venice and the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe. In the USA, he has worked for the Houston Grand Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera Colorado and the among others. He is also a frequent collaborator with stage director James Robinson, having been responsible recently for remounting his productions of LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR for the Canadian Opera Company and GIULIO CESARE for the Utah Opera.

For the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy, Strassberger has directed and designed IL TABARRO and GIULIO CESARE. This past summer, he designed productions of SUOR ANGELICA and GIANNI SCHICCHI for the Opera Theatre of Lucca. Also in Italy, he completed the Corso di Specializzazione per Scenografi Realizzatori at Teatro alla Scala in Milan in 2001, supported by a Fulbright Fellowship.

He has designed the scenery for THE TURN OF THE SCREW (University of Colorado), CHESS (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma), DON GIOVANNI, LA BOHEME (Opera Theater of Philadelphia), LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (Springfield Regional Opera), L'INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA and VENUS and ADONIS (Bloomington Early Music Festival). In addition, he designed the scenery for the New York City premiere of Hans Krasa’s BRUNDIBAR at the historic Henry Street Playhouse.

He received a full-scholarship to attend the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in 1998. He currently resides in New York City.


Die Zauberflote* - Utah Opera-Robert Tweeten - Salt Lake City, Utah

Rigoletto - Opera Colorado-Mark Morash - Denver, Colorado
Man and Boy: DADA-National Theater - (Stavovske Divadlo) - Petr Kofron - Prague, Czech Republic (Remount of Minnesota production by James Robinson)
Lucia di Lammermoor - Canadian Opera Company - Maurizio Barbacini - Toronto, Canada (Remount of Karlsruhe production by Robert Tannenbaum)
Apprentice Scenes* - Santa Fe Opera - Santa Fe, New Mexico
Giulio Cesare - Utah Symphony Opera - David Fallis - Salt Lake City, Utah
(Remount of HGO production by James Robinson)

Giulio Cesare - International Institute of Vocal Arts - Roberto Perata - Chiari, Italy

Il Tabarro - International Institute of Vocal Arts - Lucy Arner - Chiari, Italy


Parsifal - Teatro la Fenice - Denis Krief - Venice, Italy
Daphne* - Teatro la Fenice - Paul Curran - Venice, Italy
Peter Grimes* - Santa Fe Opera - Paul Curran - Santa Fe, New Mexico
Carmen *- Opera Colorado-James Robinson-Denver, Colorado
Giulio Cesare - Opera Colorado - James Robinson - Denver, Colorado

Man and Boy: DADA (World premiere by Michael Nyman) - Badisches Staatstheater - Robert Tannenbaum - Karlsruhe, Germany
Giulio Cesare - Houston Grand Opera - James Robinson - Houston, Texas

Don Giovanni - Opera Colorado - Sharon Ott - Denver, Colorado
Elektra Pittsburgh Opera - Thor Steingraber - Pittsburgh, PA
Lucia di Lammermoor - Houston Grand Opera - James Robinson-Houston, Texas

Turandot -Teatro di San Carlo - David Hockney/Garnett Bruce-Naples, Italy
Otello - Michigan Opera Theatre - Mario Corradi-Detroit, Michigan

The Turn of the Screw - University of Colorado - Bill Gustafson - Boulder, Colorado
Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi - Opera Theater of Lucca - Sandra BernhardLucca, Italy
Chess - Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma - Nick Demos-Oklahoma City, OK


Brundibar - Henry Street Opera - Eric Einhorn - New York City

Don Giovanni - Opera Theater of Philadelphia - Ned Canty - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
La Boheme - Opera Theater of Philadelphia - Suzanne Perkins - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Fluent: English, Italian Conversational: German, Spanish