Wim Trompert

Wim Trompert, Director

Pacific Opera Victoria
Director, Das Rheingold

October, 2014

Wim Trompert made his Pacific Opera Victoria debut in 2003 as director of Berg's Wozzeck. He has subsequently directed the company's production of The Cunning Little Vixen (2005), the Canadian première of Strauss' Daphne (2007), and Handel's Semele (2009). In 2014 he directs POV's production of Wagner's Das Rheingold.

In 2013 Wim Trompert directed Rheingold op de Rijn (Rheingold on the Rhine), an international production of Das Rheingold, performed in and on the Rhine. The 135m barge M.V.S. Oriana was converted into an opera house that accommodated a stage, the cast and crew, 90 musicians from the Utrecht Student Orchestra, and a 500-strong audience in its cargo hold. The barge travelled to Koblenz, Duisburg, Arnhem, Utrecht, Amsterdam and Rotterdam to present performances of the opera. The production celebrated the 200th birthday of Richard Wagner, the 300th anniversary of the Treaty of Utrecht, and the 190th birthday of the Utrecht Student Concert, the oldest symphony orchestra in the Netherlands.

Wim Trompert studied Theatre at Utrecht University, specializing in Music theatre. From 1992 to 2004 he worked as assistant director for the Netherlands Opera, collaborating with internationally renowned directors such as Pierre Audi, Jürgen Flimm, Ivo van Hove and Willy Decker.

Since 2003, he has worked as a stage director in the Netherlands as well as abroad. In 2005 Wim Trompert directed Jules Massenet’s opera Don Quichotte for the CREA orchestra and the Opera Studio Nederland in Amsterdam. A major success was his 2006 production of l’Ipermestra, a for-centuries-neglected opera by Francesco Cavalli, which was staged for the 25th anniversary of the Festival of Early Music in Utrecht.

In 2010, he created Pilgrim at the Gate of Idleness for the Koninklijke Muntschouwburg in Brussels and the Operadagen Rotterdam – a production based on songs of Brahms and Schönberg, starring Christianne Stotijn. The same year he made his debut with the Nationale Reisopera with Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and returned in 2012 to direct Lucia di Lammermoor.

Wim Trompert is artistic director of the Ipermestra Foundation, which develops musical theatre productions; recent productions have included Granida by Pieter Cornelis Hooft; Cristofaro Caresana's L'Adorazione dei Magi, and Brahms' Die schöne Magelone.

Wim Trompert lives in Utrecht in The Netherlands

Strauss's last opera receives a magnificent première production with this superbly sung, beautifully produced, and brilliantly directed performance ... a compelling, and ultimately overwhelming, theatrical experience ... In Wim Trompert's direction there was not a single false step: everything was concentrated with laser-like intensity upon theatrical impact achieved without distractions, without gimmickery, and with obvious and total respect for the music, the composer, and the intelligence of the audience.
J.H.Stape, Review Vancouver, review of Pacific Opera Victoria's Canadian première of Daphne

I was extremely surprised by the Rheingold on the Rhine last night. A student orchestra playing Wagner in the belly of a cargo ship. Can that be done? It went well, resoundingly well even. Wim Trompert’s direction was engaging, it combined humor, satire, depth, and was contemporary at the same time. All whilst staying true to the original piece by Wagner.
Peter Michaelow, http://www.capriccio-kulturforum.de


Below: the official trailer for Rheingold on the Rhine, a 2013 producton directed by Wim Trompert.


July, 2014