This American director is making his debut in Germany with this new production of Rinaldo for Oper Frankfurt. Other engagements this season include his first production at Zurich Opera, Puccini's Madama Butterfly, and a return to the Nationale Opera Amsterdam for Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti / MacMillan's Clemency - part of their Opera Forward Festival. Ted Huffman has made a name for himself around the world, mainly in contemporary opera. The world premiere of Philip Venable's 4.48 Psychosis, based on Sarah Kane's last play, at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London won the UK Theatre Award and was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award, a Southbank Award and RPS Music Award. Other recent productions were the world premiere of Luke Styles’ Macbeth at the Glyndebourne Festival, Arthur Lavandier's Le premier meurtre at Lille Opera and the first performance in Europe of Ana Sokolovic's Svádba at the Aix-en-Provence Festival and the Grand Théâtre in Luxembourg. Other theatres where Ted Huffmann has directed have included the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Kammeroper / Theater an der Wien (in Vienna) and the Aldeburgh Festival. Born in New York, Ted Huffman studied at Yale University and was a member of San Francisco Opera's renowned Merola Opera Program.