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Julia Burbach

"Burbach, a name to watch..."
- Opera Magazine

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Biography Highlights

 
 

Future Engagements

Edmea Wexford Opera Festival, La Bohème Theater Bielefeld, Die Walküre Icelandic Opera and Eugene Onegin Opera Holland Park.

 
 

Past Engagements

Die Walküre Opéra National de Bordeaux, Das Wundertheater Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Semele Shanghai International Festival, Das Rheingold (OFFIE Award nomination 2020) and Die Walküre (OFFIE Award nomination 2022), L’ amico Fritz Opera Holland Park, Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno Alte Münze Berlin, The Fairy Queen Bury Court / Wilde Renate Berlin, as well as ToscaMadama ButterflyThe Rape of Lucretia (OFFIE Award 2019 for best opera) Grimeborn Festival. Known for her use of unconventional spaces, unusual psychological perspectives and ability to reach diverse and young audiences, Julia was nominated for Best Newcomer in the 2019 International Opera Awards.

 
 

Other

Royal Opera House staff director from 2015-2021, Julia has led the revival of many productions including La Bohème, Carmen, Cosi fan tutteOtello, Ariadne auf Naxos and Trovatore. She is a regular assistant to Christof Loy and joined him on some of his most iconic productions including The Bassarids Bayerische Staatsoper and Lulu Royal Opera House and Tristan und Isolde Royal Opera House and Houston Opera.   

 
 

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Reviews & Press

 
 

Wexford Festival Opera - Catalani - Edmea

Julia Burbach sees a parallel between Edmea and Hamlet’s Ophelia who succeeds in drowning herself in the river. She decides to connect Edmea’s attempt to drown herself to the underwater world of her unconscious in this psychological interpretation of the opera. 
 

- Robert Beattie , Seen and Heard International

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Insightful Direction; Director Julia Burback Turns A Banal Drama Into A Psychological Thriller At the heart of director Julia Burbach’s interpretation lies Edmea’s attempt to drown herself, brought about by her being forced by Count Leitmeritz to marry Ulmo and give up Oberto, the man she loves. Burbach sees the drowning as a metaphor for a psychotic break, in which Edmea descends into the world of her subconscious, populated by known and unknown characters, possibly imaginary, possibly taken from her reality. It is an escape route from the real world, a world with which she is unable to cope. It is only with her proposed marriage to Oberto following Ulmo’s death in Act three that she is able to recover and return to a state of normality. Not only is it an interpretation that fits neatly with the libretto’s overall dramatic structure, but by taking advantage of certain ambiguities it also matches the detail, notwithstanding the occasional minor glitch. Moreover, Burbach intelligently added detail to deepen the context, such as by highlighting the fact that Edmea had to grow up without a mother figure, which throws her deeper into the clutches of a male-dominated world.
 

- Alan Neilson , Operawire

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A visually impressive production
 

- Cathy Desmond , Irish Examiner

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