German director Julia Burbach is a Staff Director of The Royal Opera. Her credits with The Royal Opera include being Associate Director for Tristan und Isolde, and reviving Ariadne auf Naxos, Il trovatore, La bohème, Così fan tutte and Carmen for The Royal Opera. She also directed the 2018 Spring Gala. In the 2019/20 Season she was Revival Director for Otello on tour to Japan and will be Revival Director for La bohème and Tristan und Isolde.
Burbach was born in Tokyo and grew up in Milan, Prague, Munich, Bonn, London and Hong Kong. She began directing and choreographing while a student at University College London, where she studied history and history of art (BA) and international public policy (MSc). She worked for the United Nations for a year before focussing on directing, initially as an assistant and later revival director to Christof Loy. She has gone on to work internationally as a director, revival director, movement director and assistant director in opera, theatre and film. She works with many leading directors, most regularly with Christof Loy and Richard Jones, and for opera companies including Leipzig Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Theater an der Wien, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Berlin State Opera, Liceu, Barcelona, Teatro Real, Madrid, Houston Grand Opera and the Bregenz Festival. Recent revival directing credits away from The Royal Opera include La sonnambula (Liceu, Barcelona), Die Frau ohne Schatten (Berlin State Opera) and La bohème (Teatro Real, Madrid).
Her directing credits include Semele (Shanghai International Arts Festival, 2019), Das Rheingold and Tosca (Grimeborn Festival), Die Walküre (Opéra national de Bordeaux), The Rape of Lucretia (Grimeborn Festival, winner of 2019 OFFIE Award), Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno (Alte Münze, Kiez Oper Berlin), Madama Butterfly (Grimeborn Festival, Bury Court Opera) and The Fairy Queen (Bury Court Opera, Kiez Oper Berlin). She was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2019 International Opera Awards.