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Barrie Kosky

Barrie Kosky is the Intendant and Chefregisseur (Artistic Director) of the Komische Oper Berlin. At the end of his first season for 2012/13, the Komische Oper was voted »Opera House of the Year« by Opernwelt magazine and in 2016, Barrie Kosky was voted »Director of the Year’ by Opernwelt. In 2014, Kosky was voted »Opera Director of the Year« at the International Opera Awards in London and at the same awards in 2015, the Komische Oper was voted »Opera Company of the Year«.

His most recent work at the Komische Oper Berlin has included The Magic Flute (co-directed with 1927) which has been seen by over 350,000 people in three continents, The Monteverdi Trilogy, Ball im Savoy, West Side Story, Moses and Aron, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Jewgeni Onegin, The Pearls of Cleopatra and his production of Castor and Pollux (co-produced by the English National Opera) which won the Laurence Olivier Award for best opera production in 2012.

Barrie Kosky has directed opera productions for the Bayerische Staatsoper (Die Schweigsame Frau and The Fiery Angel), Glyndebourne Festival Opera (Saul), Oper Frankfurt (Dido and Aeneas/Bluebeard’s Castle and Carmen), the Dutch National Opera (Armide), Opera Zurich (La Fancuilla del West and Macbeth) and Royal Opera House Covent Garden (The Nose). He has also presented his productions at the Los Angeles Opera, Teatro Real Madrid, Gran Liceu Barcelona, Vienna Staatsoper, English National Opera, Oper Graz, Theater Basel, Aalto Theater Essen, Staatsoper Hannover, Deutsches Theater Berlin and Schauspielhaus Frankfurt and is a regular guest at the Edinburgh International Festival.

Barrie Kosky was Artistic Director of the 1996 Adelaide Festival and has directed opera and theatre productions for Opera Australia, Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company and the Sydney and Melbourne International Festivals. From 2001-2005 he was co-Artistic Director of the Vienna Schauspielhaus.

His Glyndebourne Festival production of Saul opened the 2017 Adelaide Festival at the beginning of March. As the second new production for the 2016/17 season at the Komische Oper Berlin his staging of The Fair at Sorochintsi opened on April 2. Barrie Kosky will make his Bayreuth Festival debut with Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in July, 2017. Future plans include invitations to the Bayerische Staatsoper, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opéra National de Paris, Metropolitan Opera New York, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

Engagements in Bayreuth

Year Opera Part
2021 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Director
2019 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Director
2018 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Director
2017 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Director