German director Julia Burbach is a Staff Director of The Royal Opera. Her credits with The Royal Opera include directing revivals of Tristan und Isolde, Ariadne auf Naxos and Il trovatore.
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 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. Her opera credits including working with such directors as John Copley, Paul Curran, John Fulljames, Claus Guth, Richard Jones, Martin Kušej, Stephen Langridge, David McVicar and Keith Warner, for companies including Leipzig Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Theater an der Wien, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Berlin State Opera, Liceu, Barcelona, Houston Grand Opera and the Bregenz Festival.
Burbach’s credits as an opera director include The Fairy Queen (Bury Court Opera and Kiez Oper Berlin), Madama Butterfly (Grimeborn Festival and Bury Court Opera) and Tosca (Grimeborn Festival and Celebrate Voice Festival), and as producer A Willesden Liederkreis (Grimeborn Festival).