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

Barbara Wysocka

Actress, Director
© Adam Tuchliński

Barbara Wysocka delivers a strong, deliberately disturbing vision of the piece. She searches with rare acuity the psychology of each character, even the most secondary. Her precise, determined staging leaves nothing to chance. The defects, wickedness, slander, false pretence, constitute the fundamentals of this patriarchal and aging society

Ôlyrix, Kát'a Kabanová, Opéra de Lyon

Let's just say this right now: The Quartett premiere on Saturday evening at the Staatsoper Berlin was the best I've seen in a very long time on a stage in Berlin, no matter whether it was on an opera or theatre stage

Kultur24, Quartett, Staatsoper Unter der Linden, Berlin

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

A huge success, an indescribable triumph

Le Monde, Lucia di Lammermoor, Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich

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 was 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, Bohomolec’s The Drunkards at Stary Teatr, Kraków; Handke’s Kaspar at Teatr Współczesny, Wrocław; Müller’s Volokolomsk Highway, Sophocles’ Philoctetes at Teatr Polski, Wrocław; Büchner’s Lenz, Dantons Tod at National Theatre, Warsaw; Woyzeck/Wozzeck after Büchner and Berg at Kammerspiele, Munich; Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Orwell’s 1984 for Teatr Powszechny, Warsaw and Schiller’s Don Karlos for Volkstheater, Vienna.

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 to a libretto by Heiner Müller, the world premiere of Knapik’s Moby Dick, Różycki’s Eros i Psyche and Puccini’s Tosca. Current and future plans include returns to Polish National Opera and her debuts at the Staatsoper Berlin with Daniel Barenboim, Opéra de Lyon, Gran Teatre del Liceu, La Monnaie and the Opéra national de Paris among others.


  • Co-founder CENTRALA

Janáček: Kát'a Kabanová, Opéra de Lyon, 2023

Puccini: La bohème, Polish National Opera, Warsaw, 2021

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, 2021

Tokarczuk/Wysocka/Zadara: Bieguni (dir. Zadara), Teatr Powszechny, Warsaw, 2021

Francesconi: Quartett (World Premiere German Version), Staatsoper Berlin, 2020

Puccini: Tosca, Polish National Opera, Warsaw, 2019

Schiller: Don Karlos, Volkstheater, Vienna, 2018

Büchner: Dantons Tod, National Theatre, Warsaw, 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

Büchner: Lenz, National Theatre, Warsaw, 2011

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

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