Tabatha McFadyen is a director and performer born in Dubbo and based in Berlin. She made her directorial debut with Hamlet in the Brisbane Shakespeare Festival in 2019. As an assistant director, she has worked alongside Claus Guth, Calixto Bieito and Caroline Staunton (Staatsoper Berlin), Barrie Kosky (Komische Oper Berlin), Tomo Sugao (Mainfranken Theater, Würzburg), Tama Matheson (OA; Manuel Theatre, Malta) and Constantine Costi (OA). Upcoming engagements include Lohengrin and L’elisir d’amore at the Staatsoper Berlin as revival director, Lydia Steier’s production of Fanciulla del West as assistant director, and Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins at the Old Fitz Theatre (Sydney) as Associate Director.
Originally trained as a classical singer, she performed internationally and won the Mietta Song Competition, the National Liederfest and the Antonin Dvorak Competition (Czech Republic). Recent performances include Both Sides Now with Alex Raineri for Brisbane Music Festival and jumping in as Greta in for Opera Australia’s Sydney season of Brian Howard’s Metamorphosis.
She undertook postgraduate studies at the Mozarteum, Salzburg, having completed a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours at the Queensland Conservatorium. Her final thesis centred on the performance demands of the vocal line from the third movement of Schoenberg’s String Quartet No.2. It makes for excellent dinner party conversation.
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