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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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BerlinDer Jahrmarkt von Sorotschinzi (The Fair at Sorochyntsi)

© Monika Rittershaus
Mussorgsky: Sorochyntsy Fair
Jordan De Souza; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Chor der Komischen Oper Berlin; Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin

BerlinBall im Savoy

© Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Abraham: Ball im Savoy
Adam Benzwi; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Otto Pichler; Chor der Komischen Oper Berlin; Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin

BerlinM – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder (A City searches for a Murderer)World première

M – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder © Monika Rittershaus
Eggert: M – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder
Ainārs Rubiķis; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Klaus Grünberg; Alice Babidge; Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin; Scott Hendricks

BerlinM – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder (A City searches for a Murderer)

© Jan Windszus Photography
Eggert: M – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder
Ainārs Rubiķis; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Klaus Grünberg; Alice Babidge; Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin

BerlinLa bohème

© 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
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M: a murderer hiding in plain sight at Komische Oper

M – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder © Monika Rittershaus
M – a city searches for a murderer, by Moritz Eggert and Barrie Kosky, receives its world premiere at the Komische Oper Berlin.
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Kosky's mesmerising Magic Flute in Auckland

Komische Oper Berlin's Zauberflöte © Michael Smith
The Queen of the Night appeared as a malevolent giant spider, complete with exoskeleton, threatening Tamino with her stabbing limbs and summoning hordes of smaller spiders to writhe over Pamina when the latter hesitated to commit to Sarastro's murder.
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When death is an old-fashioned portrait

Nadja Mchantaf (Mimì), Günter Papendell (Marcello) and Vera-Lotte Böcker (Musetta) © Iko Freese | drama.berlin.de
The new version of La bohème at the Komische Oper Berlin follows a hard Verismo-beat.
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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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