Oriol Tomas was assistant director for Pacific Opera Victoria's 2008 production of Thaïs. He returns to direct Handel's Rodelinda in November 2010.
Oriol Tomas has been working as stage director at l'Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal for the past three years. He graduated in acting from l'école supérieure de théâtre de l'Université du Québec à Montréal, studied stage directing and research at Université Laval in Québec in 1996 and did many internships in theatrical interpretation and in directing plays and operas (in Canada and in France).
As a graduate in opera stage directing (L'Université du Québec à Montréal), he presented Variations sur Pelléas, a show that critic Georges Nicholson named one of his favourites during his radio program Je l'ai vu à la radio on la Première chaîne de Radio-Canada in 2008.
He has recently directed Solitudes with the opera students of the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal; Noël à l'Opéra presented by l'Orchestre Métropolitain; Apéro à l'Opéra (ARTV) with the show's finalists; Menotti's Le Téléphone with l'Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal; and his own creation, Le Quatrième Enfant-Lune, a contemporary opera for the whole family put to music by Gabriel Thibaudeau.
Other recent directing experience includes Handel's cantata Apollo e Dafne, presented during the Festival International de Musique Baroque de Lamèque (New Brunswick) and another one of his own works, Aleacanto, programmed as part of the PDA junior series of Place des Arts de Montréal.
Oriol Tomas teaches acting techniques to the singers of l'Atelier lyrique, and to students of l'Académie de musique et de danse du Domaine Forget and of the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. He also offers private coaching to many artists.
In 2009, he was awarded a scholarship from the Fondation Jacques Lareau for the excellence of his work as stage director.
Further directing for 2010-2011 includes the touring show of the quintet Pentaèdre, Aleacanto during the holiday season at Place des Arts; Menotti's Le Consul, the annual show of l'Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal (in collaboration with l'école Nationale de Théâtre du Canada) and Offenbach's La Périchole at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal.