German dramaturg Bettina Bartz makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2019/20 Season as the dramaturg for Fidelio.
Bartz was born in the former East Germany and studied theatre sciences at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Since 1983 she has served as an artistic advisor for various opera companies, including Oper Graz, Hamburg State Opera, Aalto Theatre Essen, Komische Oper Berlin, Opera Vlaanderen, Dutch National Opera, Oper Bonn, Theater Karlsruhe and Theater Bern. She was chief dramaturg at the Brandenburg Theatre from 1998 to 2000 and Chief Dramaturg for Oper Leipzig from 2008 to 2010. She works regularly with the director Peter Konwitschny, including in recent seasons on productions for Semperoper Dresden, Theater an der Wien, Stuttgart State Opera, Munich’s Gärtnerplatztheater and for the Handel Festival Halle. She has also collaborated with directors including Anselm Weber, Antje Kaiser, Horst Kupich, Tatyana Gürbaca, Vera Nemirova, Tatjana Rese, Jochen Biganzoli and Tobias Kratzer, and with Gisela Höhne and the inclusive theatre group RambaZamba.
In addition to her dramaturgical work, Bartz has written radio scripts and children’s plays, receiving an award (2013) from the children’s jury in Cologne for the latter. She has produced German text versions of many major operas, often working with Werner Hintze. In 2014 she was awarded the Arts Prize of the Berlin Academy of the Arts (Performing Arts category).