Tatjana Gürbaca, Direction

Portrait von Tatjana Gürbaca

Tatjana Gürbaca

Tatjana Gürbaca, born in Berlin 1973, studied opera direction in her home town’s Hochschule für Musik „Hanns Eisler“. Her studies of music, drama and dance were extended by master courses. Tatjana Gürbaca was the ultimate Meisterschülerin of Ruth Berghaus. From 1998 until 2001 she worked as a director’s assistant in Graz.

At the Ring Award, the Graz Competition for Stage Directors and Stage Designers, she was amongst the finalists in 2000. Her professional stage debut was Puccini’s Turandot at the Graz Opera. She has worked as a free lancing director ever since. Her stylistic range reaches from the pre-classical (Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in Baden-Baden, Handel’s Jephtha) to modern repertory (Dallapiccola’s Il prigioniero at Vienna’s Volksoper, Hersant’s Le moine noir in Leipzig, Ligeti’s Le grand Macabre and Hartmann’s Simplicius Simplicissimus in Bremen, Sciarrino’s Macbeth in Mainz).

In 2004 Tatjana Gürbaca inaugurated the Lucerne Theatre’s season with a highly successful staging of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, that was presented in Munich and Cologne later on. Further engagements led her to Berlin’s Staatsoper and Deutsche Oper and to the opera houses in Oslo, Novosibirsk and Bogotá. In close collaboration with Claudio Abbado she presented a semi-staged production of Beethoven’s Fidelio at the Lucerne Festival in 2010.

From 2011 to 2014 Tatjana Gürbaca was Artistic Director of the Mainz Opera. The Zurich Opera has subsequently been one of her favorite working places. Her successful production of Verdi’s Rigoletto was followed by Aida, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Massenet’s Werther, a production that has been transferred to Strasbourg and recorded on DVD as well.

Highly profiled stagings of Salome (2009), Arabella (2015) and Capriccio (2016) in Dusseldorf/Duisburg and Vienna were seen and discussed as truly contemporary readings of Richard Strauss’ operas.

Wagner’s Parsifal, produced at the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp and Ghent in 2013 and revived in 2018, marked a highlight of her career. She was named Director of the Year by the jury of Germany’s magazine OPERNWELT in 2013.

Wagner is placed at the center of Tatjana Gürbaca’s work. She has staged Der fliegende Holländer in Dusseldorf/Duisburg and Lohengrin in Essen. The most challening enterprise so far has been her new reading and directing of Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Theater an der Wien in 2017. With Bettina Auer at her side as dramaturg, she condensed the tetralogy to a trilogy, rearranging the sequence of scenes without touching Wagner’s music (in the so-called Coburg version) by focussing on Hagen, Siegfried and Brünnhilde, the protagonists of the „second generation“, and by therefore showing new perspectives and hidden contexts.


Parsifal Vlaamse Opera

Werther Opernhaus Zürich

Tatjana Gürbaca’s Calendar

December 2018

22.12.2018 / Carl Maria von Weber; Der Freischütz / Aalto-Musiktheater Essen

27.12.2018 / Carl Maria von Weber; Der Freischütz / Aalto-Musiktheater Essen

January 2019

12.01.2019 / Carl Maria von Weber; Der Freischütz / Aalto-Musiktheater Essen

17.01.2019 / Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto / Opernhaus Zürich

17.01.2019 / Carl Maria von Weber; Der Freischütz / Aalto-Musiktheater Essen

20.01.2019 / Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto / Opernhaus Zürich

23.01.2019 / Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto / Opernhaus Zürich

30.01.2019 / Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto / Opernhaus Zürich

February 2019

03.02.2019 / Carl Maria von Weber; Der Freischütz / Aalto-Musiktheater Essen

03.02.2019 / György Ligeti: Le Grand Macabre / Opernhaus Zürich

06.02.2019 / Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto / Opernhaus Zürich

07.02.2019 / György Ligeti: Le Grand Macabre / Opernhaus Zürich

09.02.2019 / Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto / Opernhaus Zürich

10.02.2019 / György Ligeti: Le Grand Macabre / Opernhaus Zürich

13.02.2019 / György Ligeti: Le Grand Macabre / Opernhaus Zürich

16.02.2019 / György Ligeti: Le Grand Macabre / Opernhaus Zürich

17.02.2019 / Carl Maria von Weber; Der Freischütz / Aalto-Musiktheater Essen

17.02.2019 / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, La finta giardiniera / Opernhaus Zürich

20.02.2019 / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, La finta giardiniera / Opernhaus Zürich

21.02.2019 / György Ligeti: Le Grand Macabre / Opernhaus Zürich

24.02.2019 / György Ligeti: Le Grand Macabre / Opernhaus Zürich

24.02.2019 / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, La finta giardiniera / Opernhaus Zürich

March 2019

01.03.2019 / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, La finta giardiniera / Opernhaus Zürich

02.03.2019 / György Ligeti: Le Grand Macabre / Opernhaus Zürich

06.03.2019 / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, La finta giardiniera / Opernhaus Zürich

08.03.2019 / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, La finta giardiniera / Opernhaus Zürich

15.03.2019 / Carl Maria von Weber; Der Freischütz / Aalto-Musiktheater Essen

April 2019

14.04.2019 / Walter Braunfels: Jeanne d’Arc / Opernhaus Köln

20.04.2019 / Walter Braunfels: Jeanne d’Arc / Opernhaus Köln

22.04.2019 / Walter Braunfels: Jeanne d’Arc / Opernhaus Köln

24.04.2019 / Walter Braunfels: Jeanne d’Arc / Opernhaus Köln

27.04.2019 / Walter Braunfels: Jeanne d’Arc / Opernhaus Köln

May 2019

04.05.2019 / Walter Braunfels: Jeanne d’Arc / Opernhaus Köln

08.05.2019 / Carl Maria von Weber; Der Freischütz / Aalto-Musiktheater Essen

25.05.2019 / Aribert Reimann: L’Invisible / Staatstheater Braunschweig

30.05.2019 / Aribert Reimann: L’Invisible / Staatstheater Braunschweig

June 2019

01.06.2019 / Aribert Reimann: L’Invisible / Staatstheater Braunschweig

07.06.2019 / Carl Maria von Weber; Der Freischütz / Aalto-Musiktheater Essen

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