Barbora Horáková, Direction

Barbora Horáková

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.



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Barbora Horáková’s Calendar

December 2019

13.12.2019 / Peter Eötvös: Der goldene Drache / Semperoper Dresden

15.12.2019 / Peter Eötvös: Der goldene Drache / Semperoper Dresden

21.12.2019 / Peter Eötvös: Der goldene Drache / Semperoper Dresden

23.12.2019 / Peter Eötvös: Der goldene Drache / Semperoper Dresden

28.12.2019 / Peter Eötvös: Der goldene Drache / Semperoper Dresden

February 2020

12.02.2020 / Giuseppe Verdi: Luisa Miller / English National Opera, London

15.02.2020 / Giuseppe Verdi: Luisa Miller / English National Opera, London

19.02.2020 / Giuseppe Verdi: Luisa Miller / English National Opera, London

21.02.2020 / Giuseppe Verdi: Luisa Miller / English National Opera, London

28.02.2020 / Giuseppe Verdi: Luisa Miller / English National Opera, London

March 2020

06.03.2020 / Giuseppe Verdi: Luisa Miller / English National Opera, London

21.03.2020 / Bohuslav Martinu: Die griechische Passion / Staatsoper Hannover

25.03.2020 / Bohuslav Martinu: Die griechische Passion / Staatsoper Hannover

28.03.2020 / Bohuslav Martinu: Die griechische Passion / Staatsoper Hannover

April 2020

02.04.2020 / Bohuslav Martinu: Die griechische Passion / Staatsoper Hannover

04.04.2020 / Bohuslav Martinu: Die griechische Passion / Staatsoper Hannover

13.04.2020 / Bohuslav Martinu: Die griechische Passion / Staatsoper Hannover

16.04.2020 / Bohuslav Martinu: Die griechische Passion / Staatsoper Hannover

21.04.2020 / Bohuslav Martinu: Die griechische Passion / Staatsoper Hannover

26.04.2020 / Bohuslav Martinu: Die griechische Passion / Staatsoper Hannover

May 2020

02.05.2020 / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Oper Leipzig

05.05.2020 / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Oper Leipzig

15.05.2020 / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Oper Leipzig

31.05.2020 / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Oper Leipzig

June 2020

07.06.2020 / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Oper Leipzig

20.06.2020 / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Oper Leipzig

21.06.2020 / Hans Thomalla: Dark Spring / Nationaltheater Mannheim

28.06.2020 / Hans Thomalla: Dark Spring / Nationaltheater Mannheim

July 2020

07.07.2020 / Hans Thomalla: Dark Spring / Nationaltheater Mannheim

07.07.2020 / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Oper Leipzig

13.07.2020 / Hans Thomalla: Dark Spring / Nationaltheater Mannheim

15.07.2020 / Hans Thomalla: Dark Spring / Nationaltheater Mannheim

30.07.2020 / Hans Thomalla: Dark Spring / Nationaltheater Mannheim