Barrie Kosky

Artistic director
Barrie Kosky is the Intendant and Chefregisseur 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 a quarter of a million people in three continents, The Monteverdi Trilogy,Ball in Savoy, West Side Story,Moses and Aron, The Tales of Hoffmann, Eugene Onegin, 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), Dutch National Opera (Armide),Oper Zurich (La Fancuilla del West and Macbeth).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.
New productions for the 2016/17 season include his Royal Opera House Covent Garden debut with The Nose and at the Komische Oper Berlin he will direct The Pearls of Cleopatra and The Fair at Sorochintsi.
His Glyndebourne Festival production of Saul will open the 2017 Adelaide Festival and he will make his Bayreuth Festival debut with Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in July,2017.
Future plans include return invitations to the Bayerische Staatsoper, Oper Frankfurt, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Los Angeles Opera.
Marc Berry, 5.4.2017
The Komische Oper’s Colourful Portrayal of »The Fair at Sorochintsy«
»A Gogol opera would almost seem made for Barrie Kosky, offering magic, sex, exoticism, and of course grotesquerie. He and his production team certainly do a fine job here. Katrin Lea Tag’s set designs are relatively spare, without being minimalist; they provide an excellent frame for Kosky’s always detailed, convincing Personenregie. There is no doubting the mastery of his craft here. … The Dream Vision ballet sequence is, unsurprisingly, an exception to any hint of spareness. … Kosky’s fantastical imagination here runs riot. One does not necessarily understand, although one may feel compelled to attempt interpretation nevertheless. It is spectacle in the best sense, though, mysteriously changing what we have seen and heard forever.«
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Mark Pullinger, 08.10.2015
A tale of three Hoffmanns: Kosky’s Komische Oper production a triumph
»A musically satisfying evening, Kosky’s Tales of Hoffmann was often exhilarating, occasionally exasperating, but above all, gloriously entertaining.«