Tatjana Gürbaca, Direction

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Tatjana Gürbaca

Tatjana Gürbaca, born in Berlin, is living in her home town. She studied opera direction at Berlin’s Hochschule für Musik „Hanns Eisler“. Her studies of music, drama and dance were extended by master courses especially with​ Ruth Berghaus. She joined the Graz Opera as a directorial assistant 1998-2001.

Competing for the Ring Award Graz, she was amongst the prized winners. Her directorial debut was Turandot at the Graz Opera. She has worked as a free lancing artist ever since. Her stylistic variety include all epochs of opera, from Purcell, Handel, Hasse, Kraus and Haydn to Hartmann, Dallapiccola, Ligeti, Reimann and Sciarrino. 

Mozarts Così fan tutte, inaugurating the Lucerne season in 2004, set one of the early highlights of her career, matched by an outright contemporary Don Giovanni in Bremen in 2019. Being trained both as a theatre maker and as a musician, Tatjana Gürbaca easily transposes historical settings and conflicts into contemporaneity. 

Tatjana Gürbaca has worked all over Europe, reaching far out to Bogotá and Novosibirsk, but Germany remained central to for her artistic work. Two highlights led beyond its borders. With Claudio Abbado as her partner, she staged a semi-scenic version of Fidelio at the Lucerne Festival in 2010, and Antwerp’s Vlaamse Opera was the house to present Parsifal in 2013. For this production Tatjana Gürbaca won international recognition as Director of the Year

Exemplified with Parsifal, Wagner’s musical dramas are Tatjana Gürbaca’s major challenges. She directed Der Ring des Nibelungen by condensing the four titles into a trilogy at the Theater an der Wien in 2017. It is the „second generation“, namely Hagen, Siegfried and Brünnhilde, tob e placed into the center of the cycle.

Having served the State Theatre Mainz as opera director for some seasons, Tatjana Gürbaca concentrated her work on some favored houses. In Zurich she has staged Rigoletto, Aida, Die Zauberflöte, La finta giardiniera, and, highly acclaimed, Werther. Tatjana Gürbaca will open the next season with Boito’s Mefistofele in Amsterdam.


Parsifal Vlaamse Opera

Werther Opernhaus Zürich

Tatjana Gürbaca’s Calendar

October 2021

22.10.2021 / Leoš Janáček: Das schlaue Füchslein / Theater Bremen

24.10.2021 / Carl Maria von Weber: Der Freischütz / Aalto Theater Essen

November 2021

14.11.2021 / Carl Maria von Weber: Der Freischütz / Aalto Theater Essen

December 2021

04.12.2021 / Giuseppe Verdi: La traviata / Nationale Opera Amsterdam

08.12.2021 / Giuseppe Verdi: La traviata / Nationale Opera Amsterdam

12.12.2021 / Giuseppe Verdi: La traviata / Nationale Opera Amsterdam

17.12.2021 / Giuseppe Verdi: La traviata / Nationale Opera Amsterdam

20.12.2021 / Giuseppe Verdi: La traviata / Nationale Opera Amsterdam

23.12.2021 / Giuseppe Verdi: La traviata / Nationale Opera Amsterdam

26.12.2021 / Giuseppe Verdi: La traviata / Nationale Opera Amsterdam

January 2022

08.01.2022 / Wolfang Amadeus Mozart: Così fan tutte / Ständetheater Prag

09.01.2022 / Wolfang Amadeus Mozart: Così fan tutte / Ständetheater Prag

March 2022

05.03.2022 / Leoš Janáček: Katja Kabanova / Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Duisburg

08.03.2022 / Leoš Janáček: Katja Kabanova / Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Duisburg

13.03.2022 / Leoš Janáček: Katja Kabanova / Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Duisburg

20.03.2022 / Leoš Janáček: Katja Kabanova / Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Duisburg

26.03.2022 / Leoš Janáček: Katja Kabanova / Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Duisburg

April 2022

10.04.2022 / Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto / Opernhaus Zürich

13.04.2022 / Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto / Opernhaus Zürich

18.04.2022 / Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto / Opernhaus Zürich

22.04.2022 / Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto / Opernhaus Zürich

27.04.2022 / Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto / Opernhaus Zürich

May 2022

03.05.2022 / Leoš Janáček: Jenufa / Grand Théâtre de Genève

05.05.2022 / Leoš Janáček: Jenufa / Grand Théâtre de Genève

07.05.2022 / Leoš Janáček: Jenufa / Grand Théâtre de Genève

09.05.2022 / Leoš Janáček: Jenufa / Grand Théâtre de Genève

11.05.2022 / Leoš Janáček: Jenufa / Grand Théâtre de Genève

13.05.2022 / Leoš Janáček: Jenufa / Grand Théâtre de Genève

22.05.2022 / Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor / Opernhaus Zürich

26.05.2022 / Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor / Opernhaus Zürich

29.05.2022 / Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor / Opernhaus Zürich

June 2022

04.06.2022 / Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor / Opernhaus Zürich

12.06.2022 / Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor / Opernhaus Zürich

26.06.2022 / Luigi Dallapiccola: Ulisse / Oper Frankfurt

July 2022

01.07.2022 / Luigi Dallapiccola: Ulisse / Oper Frankfurt

07.07.2022 / Luigi Dallapiccola: Ulisse / Oper Frankfurt

10.07.2022 / Luigi Dallapiccola: Ulisse / Oper Frankfurt

14.07.2022 / Wolfang Amadeus Mozart: Così fan tutte / Rokokotheater Schwetzingen

15.07.2022 / Luigi Dallapiccola: Ulisse / Oper Frankfurt

18.07.2022 / Luigi Dallapiccola: Ulisse / Oper Frankfurt

21.07.2022 / Luigi Dallapiccola: Ulisse / Oper Frankfurt

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Don Giovanni

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Der Freischütz