Masterclass for Opera Directors

with Barrie Kosky
artistic director and chief stage director
of the Komische Oper Berlin
from 16th to 20th May 2018
Barrie Kosky rehearsing Jewgeni Onegin, january 2016 © Jan Windszus Photography
Barrie Kosky rehearsing Jewgeni Onegin, january 2016 © Jan Windszus Photography
While masterclasses – generally workshops spanning several days where experienced musicians pass on their knowledge and expertise to the younger generation – are a common feature of the education and training of singers and instrumentalists, they are a comparative rarity when it comes to stage direction. Yet in opera directing just as in singing and instrumental musicianship, soundly based technical proficiency is a prerequisite for high-quality artistic achievement. Ever since it was founded by the director Walter Felsenstein in 1947, the Komische Oper Berlin has attached particular importance to staging, irrespective of the prevailing aesthetic. The opera house would therefore seem predestined to be the venue for a masterclass delivering hands-on practical coaching in stage direction. In its 70th season, 2017/18, the Komische Oper Berlin for the first time invites applications to a five-day masterclass open to three young directors and hosted by its artistic director and chief stage director Barrie Kosky.
DATE Wednesday 16th May 2018, 10 a.m. – Sunday 20th May 2018, 10 p.m.

VENUE Komische Oper Berlin, Behrenstraße 55-57, 10117 Berlin

SCHEDULED EVENTS Attending rehearsals and performances, working on scenes with professional opera singers and répétiteurs, workshop with Barrie Kosky and Komische Oper dramaturges, etc.

TARGET GROUP Emerging professional directors with a Bachelor's degree in opera, theatre or film directing or several years' experience in opera as an assistant director or director; age limit: 32

NO. OF PARTICIPANTS 3 participants

COSTS The Komische Oper Berlin will cover the cost of travel and accommodation for the selected participants. No costs will be incurred by attending events scheduled as part of the
masterclass.

APPLICATION MATERIAL Applicants should submit a formal letter of application, a CV, video or photographic documentation of their own productions, and letters of reference where available.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS Numerous applications were received by 1 October 2017. Now we are in the selection phase an will soon announce news about the selected candidates.

ADDRESS FOR APPLICATIONS Komische Oper Berlin, Dr. Rainer Simon, Behrenstraße 55-57, 10117 Berlin, meisterkurs@komische-oper-berlin.de

Barrie Kosky rehearsing Jewgeni Onegin
january 2016

© Jan Windszus Photography
© Jan Windszus Photography
© Jan Windszus Photography
© Jan Windszus Photography
© Jan Windszus Photography
© Jan Windszus Photography
© Jan Windszus Photography
© Jan Windszus Photography