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Barrie Kosky

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Crafting magic on the opera stage: Barrie Kosky

In this first part of a two part interview, one of the world's most acclaimed opera directors explains his craft: why it starts and ends with the music.
Barrie Kosky © Jan Windszus

The future of opera in a world of technology: Barrie Kosky

Kosky discusses the nature of opera houses and their audiences: La Scala, La Monnaie, Covent Garden, the advice he gave to ENO – and why he was kicked off the lawn at Glyndebourne.
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BerlinCandideNew production

Allan Clayton (Candide) © Monika Rittershaus
Bernstein: Candide
Jordan De Souza; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Rebecca Ringst; Klaus Bruns; Nicole Chevalier; Allan Clayton

BerlinLa bohèmeNew production

© Jan Windszus Photography
Puccini: La bohème
Jordan De Souza; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Rufus Didwiszus; Victoria Behr; Chor der Komischen Oper Berlin; Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin

BerlinAnatevka (Fiddler on the Roof)

© Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Bock: Fiddler on the Roof
Koen Schoots; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Otto Pichler; Chor der Komischen Oper Berlin; Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin

BerlinEine Frau, die weiß, was sie will! (A woman who knows what she wants!)

© Jan Windszus Photography
Straus: Eine Frau, die weiss, was sie will (A woman who knows what she wants)
Adam Benzwi; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Chor der Komischen Oper Berlin; Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin

BerlinWest Side Story

© Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Bernstein: West Side Story
Koen Schoots; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Otto Pichler; Chor der Komischen Oper Berlin; Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin
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Royal Opera Carmen: slicker, but still a mountain to climb

Gaëlle Arquez (Carmen) © ROH | Bill Cooper
Barrie Kosky's troubled production returns to Covent Garden
***11
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Voltaire à la Kosky: a magical Candide at Komische Oper

Allan Clayton (Candide) © Monika Rittershaus
Serious farce, warm-hearted sarcasm, operatic Broadway: Barrie Kosky and Komische Oper turn Bernstein's problem child into a show that thrills from start to finish.
*****
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A florid perversity: Barrie Kosky fires up Die Gezeichneten in Zurich

John Daszak Alviano) © Monika Rittershaus
Barrie Kosky’s production of Franz Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten (The Branded) is in keeping with what was long considered one of the early 20th century’s most scandalous works. 
****1
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Everybody loves David: Handel’s Saul at Glyndebourne

Karina Gauvin (Merab), Anna Devin (Michal), Iestyn Davies (David) and Allan Clayton (Jonathan) © Bill Cooper
Barrie Kosky's punchy, visually exhilarating take on Saul, with Iestyn Davies as a sublime David, makes for a powerful evening of drama at Glyndebourne.
****1
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Pelléas et Mélisande: Kosky's sleep-talking, nightmare

Pelléas et Mélisande © Monika Rittershaus
There’s no doubt that Mélisande endeavours to escape past troubles when she first appears in Barrie Kosky’s production of Debussy’s opera, yet Nadja Mchantaf is no reticent, wispy maiden. Every vocal and physical gesture – always precise and penetrating – displays an atypically forthright quest for vitality, something that Arkel’s chauvinistic world does not readily offer.
*****
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