Barbora Horáková, Direction
Barbora Horáková, born in Prague, was well on her way to become an opera ainger. She studied and graduated at the music academies of Basle and Geneva. As a member of the Swiss International Studio she was awarded with several prizes in competitions before she decided to change her path, concentrating on opera direction. She moved on to Munich’s Bayerische Theaterakademie.
Theory was replaced by practical work rapidly. Her work as an assistant director in Basle resulted in many contacts with artists of high profile, amongst them David Boesch, Georges Delnon, Frank Hilbrich, Vera Nemirova, Sebastian Nuebling and Armin Petras.
Hector Parra’s and Händl Klaus' opera „Wilde“, world premiered at the Schwetzingen Festival in 2015, started Barbora Horáková’s collaboration with Calixto Bieito. Mutual trust and artistic respect led consequently to a series of major productions that Barbora Horáková transferred from Munich, Oslo, Basle, London’s ENO and Zurich to places like Nuremberg, Venice, Bilbao, Leipzig and Madrid, amongst them „From a Dead House“ (Janáček), „War Requiem“ (Britten), „Tannhaeuser“ (Wagner) and „Die Soldaten“ (Zimmermann).
„La voix humaine“ (Poulenc), premiered in Neuchâtel (Switzerland), marked the beginning of Barbora Horáková’s own work as director. Her talent and handwriting was recognized and honored rapidly. She staged Ravel’s „L’enfant et les sortilèges“ in Basle, Pflueger’s „Romulus the Great“ in Neuchâtel, Debussy’s „Pelléas et Mélisande“ in Oslo, Monteverdi’s „L’Orfeo“ in Bilbao, Verdi’s „Un giorno di regno“ at Heidenheim’s Festival and Respighi’s „La bella dormente nel bosco“ in Lyon.
Her success with the public and press was followed by two prestigious nominations soon. Barbora Horáková was a finalist and prizewinner at the Ring Award Graz in 2017, and she was honored as the „Newcomer“ of the Year 2018 by the „International OPERA Awards“ in London.
Her calendar registers Basle, Vienna’s Kammeroper, Wuppertal, Bilbao, London’s ENO and Dresden amongst her forthcoming working places.
Barbora Horáková’s Calendar