Orwell: 1984, Teatr Powszechny, Warsaw, 2018 © Krzysztof Bieliński (detail) View full image

Barbara Wysocka

Actress, Director
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A huge success, an indescribable triumph

Le Monde, Lucia di Lammermoor, Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich

A theatre wonder...Wysocka's Vienna debut is one of the best productions seen in the last ten years

Kleine Zeitung, Don Karlos, Volkstheater, Vienna

Barbara Wysocka is an actress, theatre and opera director. She creates experimental multidisciplinary works combining installation, drama, documentary and music. Born in Warsaw, she graduated from both the acting and directing departments of the State Drama School in Kraków. Previously she studied violin at the Hochschüle für Musik, in Freiburg. In the academic year 2019-2020 she will be a Cornell Visiting Professor of Theatre at Swarthmore College.

Wysocka has been honoured with the Paszport Polityki for her debut opera production Glass’ The Fall of the House of Usher, the main acting award in the competition for staging early works of Polish literature for Idalia in Fantazy; and the Golden Yorick for her production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar that she directed and also played Mark Antony.

Wysocka has directed Wyspiański’s The Curse (2007), Bohomolec’s The Drunkards (2009) at Stary Teatr, Kraków; Handke’s Kaspar (2009) at Teatr Współczesny, Wrocław; Müller’s Volokolomsk Highway (2010), Sophocles’ Philoctetes (2012) at Teatr Polski, Wrocław; Büchner’s Lenz (2011), Dantons Tod (2018) at National Theatre, Warsaw; Woyzeck/Wozzeck after Büchner and Berg (2012) at Kammerspiele, Munich; Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar (2016), Orwell’s 1984 (2018) for Teatr Powszechny, Warsaw and Schiller’s Don Karlos, (2018) for Volkstheater, Vienna.

On the opera stage she has directed Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (2015) at Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Mozart’s Don Giovanni (2016) at Bregenzer Festspiele, and for Polish National Opera: Glass’ The Fall of the House of Usher (2009), Dusapin’s Medeamaterial to a libretto by Heiner Müller (2012), the world premiere of Knapik’s Moby Dick (2014), Różycki’s Eros i Psyche (2017) and Puccini’s Tosca (2019).

Puccini: Tosca, Polish National Opera, Warsaw, 2019

Büchner: Dantons Tod, National Theatre, Warsaw, 2018

Schiller: Don Karlos, Volkstheater, Vienna, 2018

Orwell: 1984, Teatr Powszechny, Warsaw, 2018

Różycki: Eros i Psyche, Polish National Opera, Warsaw, 2017

Shakespeare: Julius Caesar, Teatr Powszechny, Warsaw, 2016

Mozart: Don Giovanni, Bregenzer Festspiele, 2016

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor, Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, 2015

Słowacki: Lilla Weneda (dir. Zadara), Teatr Powszechny, Warsaw, 2015

Knapik: Moby Dick (World Premiere), Polish National Opera, Warsaw, 2014

Szapocznikow. Stan Nieważkości. No gravity., CENTRALA, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, 2014

Dusapin: Medeamaterial, Polish National Opera, Warsaw, 2012

Sophocles: Philoctetes, Teatr Polski, Wrocław, 2012

Büchner/Berg: Woyzeck/Wozzeck, Münchner Kammerspiele, Munich, 2012

Glass: The Fall of the House of Usher, Polish National Opera, Warsaw, 2009

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