Dutch director Wim Trompert made his Pacific Opera Victoria debut – and his international debut – in 2003, as director of Berg's Wozzeck. He has subsequently directed POV's production of The Cunning Little Vixen (2005), the Canadian première of Strauss' Daphne (2007), and Handel's Semele (2009). In 2014 he directed POV's production of the first Canadian stand-alone production of Wagner's Das Rheingold outside of the Ring Cycle.
Recent credits include Jake Heggie's For a Look or a Touch; Thijl by Dutch composer Jan Van Gilse; and On a bridge with pianist Rik Kuppen and poet Myrte Leffring with music of Rachmaninoff, Janáček and Prokofiev.
In 2015 WIm staged a condensed version of Mozart's The Magic Flute as a participation production for the Dutch National Opera and Ballet, bringing a chorus of 300 amateur singers on stage together with 50 children, 30 adolescent dancers, an orchestra mainly assembled with student musicians and seven young soloists.
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
Wim Trompert's direction was fluid and imaginative, avoiding for the most part that static freezing of the stage that can occur during one of Wagner's longeurs... the whole thing was hugely satisfying – a splendid operatic experience.
Harvey De Roo, Vancouver Classical Music, review of POV's 2014 production of Das Rheingold
Below: the official trailer for Rheingold on the Rhine, a 2013 producton directed by Wim Trompert.