Thomas de Mallet Burgess (a graduate of St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University) has established an international reputation for directing award-winning opera and leading groundbreaking research in opera/musical theatre performer training.
“This production of ‘Elektra’ does not require suspension of disbelief. It is simply ripped out of the audience…domestic horror made sublime and brilliantly rendered.” National Post (Toronto), Elektra, Canadian Opera Company
“de Mallet Burgess’ direction brilliantly plays artifice off against found mise-en-scene almost as a research method…sustained power, searing interiority and superlative musicianship and stagecraft of this fine production.” West Australian (Perth), La voix Humaine, Lost & Found Opera.
Opera credits include multiple productions for Canadian Opera Company, The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Wexford Festival Opera, Opera Ireland, English Touring Opera and most recently to enormous critical acclaim for his own company Lost & Found Opera.
Other credits include theatre productions in the UK, Belgium, Romania and the commissioning and development in Ireland of plays by new Irish writers on contemporary social themes.
He is author of the ground-breaking performer training work: “The Singing and Acting Handbook” (published Routledge London and New York) and a regular visiting artist at conservatories worldwide conservatories including: University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory Music, USA; California State University, Fresno USA; Pepperdine University, USA; Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London; The Royal Academy of Music, London; Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, London; The Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin; Vadstena Academy, Sweden; and Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).
His strong commitment to the role of the arts in wider society has resulted in a sustained history of collaboration with Outreach Departments of major organisations such as The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, Opera North and English Touring Opera (where as Education Consultant he pioneered a three‐year groundbreaking programme on music with the Deaf Community).
Before arriving in Australia he was Artistic Director at Wexford Opera House with responsibility for creating a cohesive artistic vision for Ireland’s first, purpose-built state of the art opera house and home to the Wexford Opera Festival.
He is currently living in Perth, WA where he founded and is Artistic Director at Lost & Found, a new opera company with a mission to rediscover lost operas and present them in found spaces that speak to the resonance of the work. Lost & Found has been hailed as “the nation’s most innovative opera company” (Opera Magazine) and “one of the few genuinely disruptive arts organisations in Australia” (The West Australian).
The company’s critically acclaimed productions have included Poulenc’s ‘The Human Voice’ (hotel room); ‘The Emperor of Atlantis’ (synagogue); ‘In the Shadow of Venus’ (three short contemporary American works at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and Winner of The West Australian Arts Editor Award); Milhaud’s ‘Médée’ (former asylum for women); and Bizet’s ‘Don Procopio’ (Italian Club and outer suburban wedding venue).