German dramaturg Yvonne Gebauer makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2019/20 Season as the dramaturg for Jenufa.
Gebauer was born in 1972 and studied studied German philology, philosophy and religious studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. Since 1998 she has worked as a dramaturg for theatre and opera. She worked as a freelance writer on literature for the Süddeutsche Zeitung from 2001 to 2008. She regularly collaborates with directors Hans Neuenfels, Kazuko Wanatabe, Claus Guth, Christof Loy and Nadja Loschky, and has also worked with Johan Simons, Frank Hilbrich, Tobias Kratzer, Daniel Hermann and Amélie Niemayer. Selected credits include Manon Lescaut (Bavarian Sate Opera), Ariadne auf Naxos (Berlin State Opera) and The Queen of Spades (Salzburg Festival) for Neuenfels, Salome (Deutsche Oper Berlin), Juliette (Berlin State Opera), Jephtha and La bohème (Opéra Bastille), Violetter Schnee (Berlin State Opera) and Saul (Theater an der Wien) for Guth, The Makropulos Affair (Deutsche Oper Berlin) for Herrmann, L’incoronazione di Poppea (Bielefeld), Ariane et Barbe-Bleue (Graz) and Rusalka (Cologne) for Loschky and Lucrezia Borgia (Bavarian State Opera) and Maria Stuarda (Theater an der Wien) for Loy.
Gebauer has lectured on dramaturgy at the Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschat, Hamburg and in Erich Wonder’s class at the Akademie füre Angewandte Kunst, Vienna. She currently teaches in Amélie Niermeyer’s class at the Salzburg Mozarteum. From 2001–8 she worked as a freelance writer in the literature department of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, and from 2009–18 she was an image dramaturg for Bavarian State Opera and the picture editor of the in-house magazine Max Joseph.