Budapest Festival Orchestra

Sigrid T’Hooft

A native of Ghent (Belgium) Sigrid T'Hooft worked after Musicology studies as an editor of classical music programs at Flemish radio station Klara, while simultaneously, starting in the early 90ies, making a name as a choreographer and opera stage director specialised in the Historical Informed Performance practice.

With the staging of Händel's Radamisto in 2009 at the Baden State Theatre Karlsruhe, her breakthrough as stage-director and her personal theatre language has been known and appreciated on the international stage.

In the following years Sigrid T'Hooft staged at the Goethe Theater Bad Lauchstädt, (Germany) the Drottningholm Theatre (Sweden), the Opera Theatre Perm (Rusland), Trondelag Teater Trondheim (Norway) and others.

She was invited by the Paris Opera ensemble Opera Fuoco and the Händel Festival Göttingen, cooperates since 2011 regularly with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, and has worked with leading musical directors in the field of early music such as Peter Van Heyghen, Reinhard Goebel, Andrew Parrott, Mark Tatlow, Laurence Cummings , Sigiswald Kuijken and many others. In the last 15 years she choreographed several dance performances with her baroque dance company Corpo Barocco, staged more than 25 operas, as well as numerous concerts "mise-engeste".

In her repertoire one can find not only many rediscoveries of long forgotten works from the 17th & 18th century, but also the established repertoire of G. F. Handel, W. A. Mozart, J. Haydn is represented. Her directing recently extended to romantic works (A. Borodin) and the spoken theatre (A.V. Kotzebue).

Sigrid T'Hooft taught Period Acting at the Music Conservatories of Leipzig and The Hague, historical dance in Trossingen, is a well-regarded speaker on International scientific conferences, and is invited as a guestteacher in numerous European Institutions.

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