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Barbara Wysocka joins Maestro Arts

We are delighted to announce the signing of actress, theatre and opera director Barbara Wysocka for worldwide general management. Wysocka creates experimental multidisciplinary works combining installation, drama, documentary and music. Born in Warsaw, she graduated from both acting and directing departments of the State Drama School in Kraków. Previously she studied violin at the Hochschüle für Musik in Freiburg.

A multi award-winning artist, Wysocka has been honoured with the Paszport Polityki for her debut opera production, Glass' The Fall of the House of Usher at Polish National Opera, Warsaw; 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.

On the opera stage she has directed Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Bregenzer Festspiele, and for Polish National Opera: Glass’ The Fall of the House of Usher, Dusapin’s Medeamaterial, the world premiere of Knapik’s Moby Dick, Różycki’s Eros i Psyche and most recently Puccini’s Tosca.

In the theatre, Wysocka has directed Wyspiański’s The Curse at Stary Teatr, Kraków; Müller’s Volokolomsk Highway, Sophocles’ Philoctetes at Teatr Polski, Wrocław; Büchner’s Lenz and Dantons Tod at National Theatre, Warsaw; Woyzeck/Wozzeck after Büchner and Berg at Kammerspiele, Munich; Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and Orwell’s 1984 for Teatr Powszechny, Warsaw; and Schiller’s Don Karlos for Volkstheater, Vienna, among others.

Her acting experience includes performing as Clytemnestra in Xenakis' Oresteia and as narrator in Schönberg's Gurrelieder, Debussy's Le Martyre de saint Sébastien and with Jordi Savall in Erasmus' Éloge de la Folie. She also performs in experimental music theatre pieces such as her creation Chopin without Piano with her artistic collective CENTRALA. Currently a company member of the Teatr Powszechny, Warsaw she has also performed at the National Theatre, Warsaw, Maxim Gorki Theater and Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Berlin as well as in German language feature films and TV productions.