German dramaturg Katharina John made her Royal Opera debut in the 2016/17 Season on Così fan tutte, directed by Jan Philipp Gloger.
John was born in Heidelberg and studied German, history and political science in Heidelberg and Kiel. She began her career working in Kiel as an assistant director and since 1995 has worked as a dramaturg for opera, concerts and ballet. She is currently Director of the Opera Department for Theater Trier, with previous roles including Director of the Opera Department for Theater Augsburg and Deputy Director of Drama for Deutsche Oper Berlin.
John has worked with directors including Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson, Markus Bothe, Alexander Charim, Lorenzo Fioroni, Torsten Fischer, Jürgen Gosch, Kirsten Harms, Patrick Kinmonth, Tilman Knabe, Andreas Kriegenburg, Alexander von Pfeil, Christian Pöppelreiter, David Pountney, Christoph Schlingensief, Joachim Schlömer, Roland Schwab and Philipp Stölzl, and the choreographers Marguerite Donlon, Mario Schröder, Christian Spuck and Stephan Thoss.