Tom Woods, Conductor

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Theater Regensburg
Vivaldi: La fida ninfa
October 26 (premiere) and 28, 2019
November 01, 09, 19 and 21, 2019

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Tom Woods is one of Australia’s leading conductors. Born in Tanzania to Australian parents, he grew up in Perth, Western Australia, where he studied cello and piano as well as conducting with Richard Gill at the West Australian Conservatorium. In 1989, he received a Department of Foreign Affairs scholarship which allowed him to continue his studies in Moscow under maestro Vladimir Ponkin. He immersed himself in the Russian tradition: attending rehearsals and performances of Rozhdestvensky, Svetlanov, Kolobov and Fedoseyev.

Returning to Australia, Tom joined Opera Australia in 1993, becoming the youngest conductor in the company's history with his debut in A Midsummer Night's Dream at age 23. His ongoing relationship with Opera Australia has seen him conduct the world premiere of John Haddock’s Madeline Lee, the Australian premiere of André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire, and works including La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, Turandot, La Traviata, Un ballo in maschera, Carmen, Il barbiere di Siviglia and La fille du regiment. He won the Green Room Award for Outstanding Conductor in Opera for the Australian premiere of Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men. This much celebrated production with director Bruce Beresford led to a recently-completed PhD project in collaboration with Carlisle Floyd and Boosey and Hawkes.

Tom was the Artistic Director of the Sydney Youth Orchestra from 1999 to 2004, Director of Artistic Planning of the Queensland Symphony from 2006 to 2010, and Chief Conductor of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra from 2008 to 2014. In Australia and New Zealand, he has conducted all major symphony orchestras and worked for Opera of South Australia, West Australian Opera and Opera Queensland. In addition to his busy schedule in his home country he conducted in Germany, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Japan, China and throughout Australasia with orchestras including the Osaka Philharmonic, Sendai Philharmonic, London Festival Orchestra and Krasnoyarsk Symphony Orchestra.

Moving to Germany in 2014, Tom is currently Deputy General Music Director at the Theater Regensburg where highlights have included Katya Kabanova, Tristan und Isolde, Marschner’s Hans Heiling, Nabucco and the world premieres of Anton Lubchenko’s Doctor Zhivago and Moritz Eggert’s Freax. In 2019/20 he conducts a new production of Vivaldi’s La fida ninfa as well as symphonic concerts for Regensburg. Furthermore, he makes his debut at the Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater in Schwerin where he has been invited to conduct the first concert series of the season.

Most recently, his own composition for tenor and symphonic orchestra, Trump’s Tweets, based on statements made by the American president, was premiered under his direction with the Regensburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

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Repertoire / Opera

Béla Bartók
A kékszakállú herceg vára (Bluebeard's Castle)
Georges Bizet
Carmen
Les pêcheurs de perles
Ludwig van Beethoven
Fidelio
Benjamin Britten
Albert Herring
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Peter Grimes
The Turn of the Screw
Gaetano Donizetti
La fille du regiment
Don Pasquale
Lucia di Lammermoor
Antonín Dvořák
Rusalka
Moritz Eggert
Freax
Friedrich von Flotow
Martha
Carlisle Floyd
Of Mice and Men
Susannah
John Haddock
Madeline Lee
Leoš Janáček
Káťa Kabanová
Příhody lišky Bystroušky (The Cunning Little Vixen)
Alan John
The Eighth Wonder
Anton Lubchenko
Doctor Zhivago
Heinrich Marschner
Hans Heiling
Ella Milch-Sheriff
Die Banalität der Liebe
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Così fan tutte
Don Giovanni
Le nozze di Figaro
Die Zauberflöte
Francis Poulenc
Dialogues des Carmélites
André Previn
A Streetcar Named Desire
Giacomo Puccini
La Bohème
Gianni Schicchi
Madama Butterfly
Suor Angelica
Il tabarro
Tosca
Turandot
Henry Purcell
Dido and Aeneas
Gioachino Rossini
Il barbiere di Siviglia
La Cenerentola
Richard Strauss
Salome
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Yevgeny Onegin (Eugene Onegin)
Iolanta
Pikovaya dama (Pique Dame)
Giuseppe Verdi
Aida
Un ballo in maschera
Falstaff
Nabucco
Otello
Rigoletto
La Traviata
Il trovatore
Antonio Vivaldi
La fida ninfa
Richard Wagner
Der fliegende Holländer
Tristan und Isolde