Tom Woods, Conductor


 Since the 2023/24 season, Tom Woods is acting as Artistic Advisor of  the Orchestra Victoria, Melbourne


Lichtentaler Str. 13
D 76530 Baden - Baden, Germany
Tel. +49 7221 9029655

Tom Woods was born in Tanzania to Australian parents and grew up in Perth, Australia, where he studied cello and piano as well as conducting with Richard Gill at the West Australian Conservatorium. A scholarship from the Department of Foreign Affairs 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 Woods 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 Woods 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.

In 2014, Tom Woods moved to Germany where he has been working since as Deputy General Music Director at the Theater Regensburg. Highlights of his productions for this theatre have included Katya Kabanova, Tristan und Isolde, Marschner’s Hans Heiling, Nabucco and the world premieres of Anton Lubchenko’s Doctor Zhivago and My (Wir)  as well as Moritz Eggert’s Freax and numerous symphonic concerts.

Since the 2023/24 season, Tom Woods is also responsible as Artistic Advisor for the Orchestra Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.

The versatile maestro is also successful as a composer and arranger. His composition for tenor and symphonic orchestra, Trump’s Tweets, based on statements made by the former American President, was premiered under his direction with the Regensburg Philharmonic Orchestra. His newest work The Carnival of the Dinosaurs, a symphonic piece for children, had its world premiere in November 2021 also at the Theater Regensburg and has been repeated at the St. Peterburg Philharmonic Hall .


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Repertoire / Opera

Béla Bartók
A kékszakállú herceg vára (Bluebeard's Castle)
Leonard Bernstein
Georges Bizet
Les pêcheurs de perles
Ludwig van Beethoven
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
Moritz Eggert
Gottfried von Einem
Der Prozess
Friedrich von Flotow
Carlisle Floyd
Of Mice and Men
John Haddock
Madeline Lee
Leoš Janáček
Káťa Kabanová
Příhody lišky Bystroušky (The Cunning Little Vixen)
Alan John
The Eighth Wonder
Anton Lubchenko
Doctor Zhivago
My (We)
Heinrich Marschner
Hans Heiling
Jules Massenet
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
Henry Purcell
Dido and Aeneas
Joachim Raff
Dame Kobold
Gioachino Rossini
Il barbiere di Siviglia
La Cenerentola
Richard Strauss
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Yevgeny Onegin (Eugene Onegin)
Pikovaya dama (Pique Dame)
Giuseppe Verdi
Un ballo in maschera
La Traviata
Il trovatore
Antonio Vivaldi
La fida ninfa
Richard Wagner
Der fliegende Holländer
Tristan und Isolde