Spanish opera and theatre director Bárbara Lluch made her Royal Opera directing debut in the 2011/12 Season as the Revival Director for Francesca Zambello’s production of Don Giovanni. She has also directed revivals of Richard Eyre’s production of La traviata and David McVicar’s productions of Le nozze di Figaro and Salome for The Royal Opera and in the 2019/20 Season directs a revival of McVicar’s Die Zauberflöte. She has worked as an Assistant Director on many Royal Opera productions.
Lluch was born in Barcelona, studied classical acting and worked as an actress with directors including Robert Lepage and Maurizio Scaparro. Her acting work ranged from roles such as Doña Inés in Zorrilla’s Don Juan Tenorio (Compañia Nacional de Teatro Clásico) to parts for film and television. She began working as a director, revival director and an assistant director in 2005. Recent directing credits include Le Cinesi and The House of Bernada Alba for the Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid.
As an assistant director, Lluch has worked for opera companies including The Royal Opera, La Monnaie, Brussels, Teatro Real, Madrid, Opera Australia, Liceu, Barcelona and the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires. She has assisted directors including Jonathan Miller, Robert Carsen, David McVicar, La Fural dels Baus and Robert Wilson. She is the granddaughter of the actress and director Nuria Espert.