Barrie Kosky was born in Melbourne, Australia. After a musical education in piano and music history at the university there, he turned to directing, but in many of his productions he also repeatedly stood on stage himself or sat at the piano. In his native Australia, Kosky, who comes from a Jewish family with Russian-Polish-Hungarian roots, has directed at the Victoria State Opera, at the Melbourne Spoleto Festival and for the Sydney Theatre Company. From 1990 to 1997, Barrie Kosky was Artistic Director of the Gilgul Theatre Company, and in 1996 he also took over as Artistic Director of the Adelaide Festival. From 2001 to 2006 he was Artistic Director of the Schauspielhaus Vienna, where he directed, among other productions, "Medea" (nominated for the Nestroy Prize, Best Director category). His jazz version of Monteverdi's "Poppea", which was performed at the Edinburgh International Festival, the Berliner Ensemble and the Sydney Opera House, as well as his production of Claudio Monteverdi's "Orfeo" at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music (musical director: René Jacobs) and at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin received great attention. His universally acclaimed production of Ligeti's "Le Grand Macabre" premiered at the Komische Oper Berlin in 2003. Among his other opera and drama productions, Cole Porter's "Kiss me, Kate" (voted Performance of the Year 2007/08 by the Theater-Gemeinde Berlin), Janácek's "From a House of the Dead" (Faust Prize 2009 for Best Direction) and Wagner's "Der fliegende Holländer" and "Tristan und Isolde" in Essen, as well as "Der Ring des Nibelungen" in Hanover, "Die schweigsame Frau" (Strauss) at the Bavarian State Opera and in 2014 "La fanciulla del West" (Puccini) at Zurich Opera. In 2012/13, Barrie Kosky took over as Intendant and Chief Director of the Komische Oper Berlin, where he was acclaimed by audiences and press alike for his inaugural production of all three of Monteverdi's fully preserved operas. Under Kosky's direction, the Komische Oper Berlin was voted "Opera House of the Year 2013." This was followed with great success by, among others, "West Side Story" (Bernstein), "Ball im Savoy" (Abraham), "The Seven Deadly Sins" (Weill) or his "Magic Flute" (Mozart) developed together with "1927" in cooperation with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, whose performances have meanwhile been attended by more than 350,000 audience* members on three continents worldwide. In addition to his own productions, he has staged Handel's oratorio "Saul" at Glyndebourne, Prokofiev's "The Fiery Angel" at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Verdi's "Macbeth" at Zurich Opera and Wagner's "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg" at the Bayreuth Festival in 2017. Most recently, he staged Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier" at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and Rimsky-Korsakov's "The Golden Cockerel" at the Opéra de Lyon. In the 2021/22 season, he will present his production of Offenbach's "Orpheus in the Underworld" at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein.