Tom Boyd

Producer/Stage Director/Librettist

TOM BOYD wrote the book, music and lyrics for two musical comedies which were produced in Indianapolis, Indiana while he was still a high school student. He first became involved in opera as a courtier in Rigoletto while a music student at Indiana University. He later studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he studied opera production under Sumner Austin, a leading opera director of the day. While a student, Tom wrote the book, music and lyrics for the musical Tom Sawyer, first staged by the G.S.M. and later produced professionally in London at Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop, Theatre Royal, Stratford East. Over the years he has written scripts and music for ITV and the BBC, countless TV commercials and jingles for London advertising agencies, and has been involved in various aspects of multi-media journalism and publishing, and is author of several books.

As an opera director and librettist, he made his debut with Bel Canto Opera in 1996 with Doctor Miracle by Bizet, followed by Bellini's Norma for Malvern Hills Opera. For his Bel Canto Opera production of Mozart's The Impresario, he wrote a completely new libretto, and in 1998, produced new English versions of Puccini's Tosca for Bel Canto and Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann, for Malvern Hills Opera.

In 1999 he directed his English versions of Verdi's Rigoletto, and Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel; in 2001, Delibes' Lakme; in 2002, Martha by Flotow; in 2003, Donizetti's The Elixir of Love; in 2004, Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor; in 2005, Don Pasquale by Donizetti, and he has written a new English version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute for production in 2007. Tom was awarded the Cheltenham Arts Council Opera Cup in September, 2005.

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