Barrie Kosky


Barrie Kosky

Barrie Kosky is the general manager and artistic director of the Komische Oper Berlin. At the end of his first season (2012/13), the Komische Oper was voted The Opera House of the Year by fifty international opera journalists interviewed by Opernwelt, while in 2015 it received the International Opera Award for the best opera company.

Barrie Kosky’s work in Berlin includes Le Grand MacabreThe Marriage of FigaroIphigenie in Tauris; Kiss Me, Kate; Rigoletto; Rusalka; Sieben Songs / Die sieben Todsünden; The Monteverdi Trilogy; The Magic Flute; Ball at the Savoy; West Side Story; Castor et Pollux; La belle Hélène; Eine Frau, die weiß, was sie will!; Moses und Aron; The Tales of Hoffmann and Eugene Onegin.

Barrie Kosky has directed productions for the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Netherlands Opera, Oper Frankfurt, Los Angeles Opera, English National Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Oper Graz, Staatsoper Hannover, Finnish National Opera, Aalto Oper Essen, Deutsches Theater Berlin, Schauspielhaus Frankfurt, Opernhaus Zürich, Teatro Real in Madrid, and the Glyndebourne Festival. Future plans include a production at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London and the staging of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Bayreuth Opera Festival.

For his production of From the House of the Dead at the Staatsopera Hanover he received the Faust Prize in 2009, while his take on Castor et Pollux staged at the English National Opera won him the Laurence Olivier Award. In 2014 he received the International Opera Award for the best director.

Barrie Kosky was artistic director of the Schauspielhaus Vienna from 2001 to 2005, 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.