German dramaturg Klaus Bertisch makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season as the dramaturg for La forza del destino.
Bertisch studied English and German language, and literature, theory of education and art education in Frankfurt. He was a dramaturg with Frankfurt Opera and subsequently worked with the Siemens Cultural Program in Munich and for opera houses and festivals in Germany, France, Belgium and Austria. He became Head of Dramaturgy with Dutch National Opera in 1990. He has worked widely as a dramaturg with Pierre Audi (in Amsterdam, Brussels, Madrid, for Salzburg Festival and at the Ruhrtriennale), and with Willy Decker in Dresden (Der Ring des Nibelungen), for Salzburg Festival (Die tote Stadt and La traviata) and for the Liceu, Barcelona (Death in Venice). Other credits as a dramaturg away from Amsterdam include L’Étoile at Berlin State Opera for Dale Duesing and Così fan tutte at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre for Floris Visser. Credits with Christof Loy include Ariodante for Salzburg Festival.
Bertisch also has directed projects, often in collaboration with director Marcel Sijm, and has staged recitals of songs with texts by Rilke, Heine, Goethe and Mörike with singers including Marlis Petersen, Olaf Bär and Mojca Erdmann. He directed Die lustige Witwe and The Gambler at Amsterdam Concertgebouw. He has been a lecturer in theatre studies at the University of Amsterdam and taught at International Opera Studio Nederland. He contributed to many books and journals, and published the collection Schwanenmärchen, a book about Ruth Berghaus and the first German biography on the Dutch composer Leo Smit (Unerhörtes Talent).