Australian Director Barrie Kosky is very much the man of the moment. The Artistic Director of the Komische Oper in Berlin has never shied away from the topics of homosexuality or Judaism, describing himself as a „gay Jewish kangaroo“. He famously placed a mountain of holocaust victims’ shoes onstage in his production of Nabucco at the Sydney Opera House. He made headlines again when he opened this year’s Bayreuth Festival with ‘The Mastersingers of Nuremberg’. Meanwhile, Polish audiences are being wowed by his ground-breaking multimedia production of ‘The Magic Flute’ at the National Opera in Warsaw. Australian painter Susan Wald was lucky enough to work with Kosky on ‘The Exile Trilogy’ and she created a series of paintings based on that experience. She told LAVIE, “I wanted to capture Kosky’s wild, explosive and transgressive vision, something of the essence of the dark history, ‘personal remembrance’ and deep sense of aloneness that pervades the final play of The Exile Trilogy.”
Barrie Kosky’s production of The Magic Flute returns to the National Opera in Warsaw in 2017/18.