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 and La bohème. In the 2018/19 Season she revives Così fan tutte and Carmen for The Royal Opera.
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 Die Walküre (Opéra national de Bordeaux), The Fairy Queen (Bury Court Opera, Kiez Oper Berlin), Madama Butterfly (Grimeborn Festival, Bury Court Opera), Tosca and The Rape of Lucretia (Grimeborn Festival) and Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno (Alte Münze, Kiez Oper Berlin).