Oriol Tomas was assistant director for Pacific Opera Victoria's 2008 production of Thaïs and returned to make his professional mainstage directing debut with Handel's Rodelinda in November 2010. In February 2014 he will direct Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos.
In Fall 2013, this young Canadian stage director made his debut in France with a new production of Don Giovanni at the Opera de Tours and Opera de Reims. As winner of the Competition of the Centre français de promotion lyrique, he will return to France for Henri Sauguet's Caprices de Marianne, which will play in 16 French Opera houses in 2014/2015, for a total of 50 performances.
In the 2012/13 season, he directed Verdi's Il trovatore and Die Fledermaus at l'Opéra de Montréal as well as one of his own works, Le Quatrième Enfant-Lune composed by Gabriel Thibaudeau, with Opéra Vmana.
During the last six years, Oriol has directed l'Atelier lyrique's productions of Menotti's The Telephone and The Consul in collaboration with the National Theatre School of Canada. He also directed Noël à l'Opéra, presented in collaboration with l'Orchestre Métropolitain; Apéro à l'Opéra, a television show broadcast on ARTV; and one of his own works, entitled Aleacanto, programmed in the PDA junior series at Place des Arts in Montreal and nominated for the 2010-11 Prix Opus in the category “Best show for young audiences”.
Other directing credits include Handel's cantata Apollo et Daphné at the Festival International de Musique Baroque de Lamèque (NB) and two productions at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal: Offenbach's La Périchole and Solitudes, a collage of operatic excerpts.
In 2008, Oriol Tomas presented Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande as part of his master's degree in operatic stage direction. In 2003, he graduated in acting at l'École supérieure de théâtre de l'Université du Québec à Montréal. He also studied stage direction and theatrical theory at Université Laval in Québec (1996).
This production marks the professional debut of the director Oriol Tomas, who obviously has a big career ahead of him. His many imaginative touches here make real dramatic points
Kevin Bazzana, Times Colonist Pacific Opera Victoria's Rodelinda, 2010.
The stage direction of Oriol Tomas was fluid, fun and blissfully free of pretension.
Montreal Gazette, Die Fledermaus, Opéra de Montréal, 2013