Barrie Kosky

Director Intendant and Chefregisseur, Komische Oper Berlin


  • Bayerischen Staatsoper, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Dutch National Oper – Handel Agrippina
  • Salzburger Festspiele – Offenbach Orphée aux enfers
  • Komische Oper Berlin – new productions of Bernstein Candide, Puccini La Bohème and the world premiere of M – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder
  • Frankfurt Oper Salome
  • Opéra National de Paris Prince Igor,
  • Bayerischen Staatsoper Der Rosenkavalier
    Opera National de Lyon and Aix-en-Provence Festival – Le Coq d’or


Barrie Kosky is the Intendant and Chefregisseur of the Komische Oper Berlin. At the end of his first season for 2012/13, the Komische Oper was voted 'Opera House of the Year' by Opernwelt magazine. His work at the Komische Oper…

Barrie Kosky is the Intendant and Chefregisseur of the Komische Oper Berlin. At the end of his first season for 2012/13, the Komische Oper was voted ‘Opera House of the Year’ by Opernwelt magazine.

His work at the Komische Oper Berlin has included The Magic Flute (co-directed with 1927), which has been seen by over a quarter of a million people in three continents, The Monteverdi Trilogy, Ball at the Savoy, Eugene Onegin, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Rigoletto, La Belle Hélène, Moses und Aron, La bohème, Rusalka, Le Grand Macabre, West Side Story, Pelléas et Mélisande, Semele, The Fair at Sorochintsï, Die Perlen von Cleopatra, Anatevka and Candide.

His awards include the Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production for Castor and Pollux (English National Opera), Best Director at the 2014 International Opera Awards, Best Opera House (Komische Oper Berlin) at the 2015 International Opera Awards, the 2015 Gold Iffland Medal from the Berliner Theater Club and the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Opera and Music Theatre for Saul (also nominated for a 2016 International Opera Award). In 2016 he was named Director of the Year by Opernwelt and in 2017 Kosky’s production of Saul won six out of seven categories at the Helpmann Awards, including Best Opera and Best Opera Direction. In 2018 Kosky’s Bayreuth Festival production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg was announced as Production of the Year by Opernwelt. In 2020 he was the recipient of a Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award, in recognition of his unique and influential contribution to the Australian Arts world.

Barrie Kosky has directed opera productions for the Bayerische Staatsoper (Die Schweigsame Frau, The Fiery Angel and Agrippina), Glyndebourne Festival Opera (Saul), Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (The Nose, Carmen), Oper Frankfurt (Dido and Aeneas/Bluebeard’s Castle, Carmen and Salome), Dutch National Opera (Armide), Oper Zurich (La Fancuilla del West, Eugene Onegin, Die Gezeichneten and Macbeth), Bayreuth Festival (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg). He has also presented his productions at the Los Angeles Opera, Teatro Real Madrid, Gran Liceu Barcelona, Vienna Staatsoper, English National Opera, Oper Graz, Theater Basel, Aalto Theater Essen, Staatsoper Hannover, Deutsches Theater Berlin and Schauspielhaus Frankfurt and is a regular guest at the Edinburgh International Festival.

During the 18/19 season Kosky presented seven new productions including (Die Gezeichneten) for  Zurich Opera, (Candide, La bohème and the world premiere of M – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder – A City searching for a murderer) for Komische Oper Berlin, (Les Boréades) for Opéra de Dijon, (Agrippina) at the Bayerischen Staatsoper and Orphée aux enfers for the Salzburger Festspiele.  Last season included presentations of The Bassarids and Weinberger’s Frühlingsstürme for Komische Oper and new productions for Opéra National de Paris (Prince Igor) and Oper Frankfurt (Salome).

Future plans include Oper Zurich (Boris Godunov), productions of Die Großherzogin von Gerolstein and Iphigenie for Komische Oper Berlin and a return to Bayerischen Staatsoper Munich (Der Rosenkavalier). He will direct a new production of Le Coq d’Or for Opera de Lyon, in a co-production with Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and he will return to Aix to present a new production of Falstaff. 

Born in Melbourne, Kosky was Artistic Director of Gilgul Theatre Company 1990–97, Artistic Director of the 1996 Adelaide Festival and from 2001-2005 he was co-Artistic Director of the Vienna Schauspielhaus.


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