In the Faculty
Advanced Opera Studies
Opera Theatre - Stage Director
In the Community
Desautels Faculty of Music
Univeristy of Manitoba
136 Dafoe Rd.
Katherine Twaddle's career as an opera director began at the Banff Centre, where she trained in the summer programme from 1987 to 1989, working primarily with British director Colin Graham. She made her professional directing debut with Calgary Opera in 1988 with Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors. Until her recent return to Winnipeg, the majority of Ms. Twaddle's work was in the United Kingdom. She started as a trainee staff producer with English National Opera in London then went on to a position as staff director for Scottish Opera in Glasgow from 1989 to 1992 before returning to London to work with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Directing engagements in Canada have included Puccini's Madame Butterfly for Manitoba Opera, Janacek's Jenufa in Edmonton and Puccini's Manon Lescaut for Calgary Opera. In 2008 she directed the North American premiere of "Jason and Hanna" by Mervyn Burtch and Mark Morris for Manitoba Opera. Ms. Twaddle has also worked as Assistant Director for such companies as La Zarzuela in Madrid, the Festival Aix en Provence in France and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in the USA.
It was while directing a production of Britten's Noye's Fludde for Edmonton Opera, which included a cast of over 100 children, that Ms. Twadde developed an interest in teaching. She explored this interest further while working at the Royal Northern College of Music and Drama in Manchester, England and went on to work as a drama teacher in London from 1997 to 2001.
Since returning to Winnipeg in 2001, Ms. Twaddle has taught classes at Prairie Theatre Exchange and held the position of Director of its Junior Company. In September 2002 she began her association with the University of Manitoba Faculty of Music as director of the Opera Workshop. In January of 2003 Ms. Twaddle and the Opera Workshop's Music Director, Mel Braun began looking for a way to expand this course into a post-graduate training programme. This led to the creation of the University of Manitoba Opera Apprenticeship in 2004, now known as Advanced Opera Studies.