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Barrie Kosky



Australian director Barrie Kosky made his Royal Opera debut in the 2016/17 Season directing The Nose. He returns in the 2017/18 Season with Carmen, in a production originally created for Frankfurt Opera.

Kosky was born in Melbourne. He was Artistic Director of Gilgul Theatre Company 1990–97, of the 1996 Adelaide Festival, Co-Director of Vienna Schauspielhaus 2001–5 and is currently Intendant and Artistic Director of Komische Oper Berlin, a position he has held since 2012. His productions for Komische Oper Berlin include Moses und Aron, Die Zauberflöte, Rusalka, Le Grand Macabre, West Side Story, Eugene Onegin, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Ball im Savoy, Rigoletto and La Belle Hélène. His productions for other companies include Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for Bayreuth Festival, Saul for Glyndebourne Festival, Carmen for Frankfurt Opera, Macbeth for Zürich Opera House and The Fiery Angel and Die schweigsame Frau for Bavarian State Opera.

His awards include the Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production for Castor and Pollux (English National Opera), Best Director at the 2014 International Opera Awards, Best Opera House (Komische Oper Berlin) at the 2015 International Opera Awards, the 2015 Gold Iffland Medal from the Berliner Theater Club and the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Opera and Music Theatre for Saul (also nominated for a 2016 International Opera Award). In 2016 he was named Director of the Year by Opernwelt.


News and features

How do you begin to make sense of The Nose?

1 November 2016
How do you begin to make sense of <em>The Nose</em>?

Audiences and academics have long tried to understand the Gogol tale that inspired Shostakovich's opera – is it satire taken to extremes, or is it something else entirely?

Opera Essentials: Shostakovich’s The Nose

27 September 2016
Opera Essentials: Shostakovich’s <em>The Nose</em>

Our quick guide to Shostakovich’s surreal and brilliant first opera, in a new production by acclaimed Australian director Barrie Kosky.