Biography

Bruno Berger-Gorski, a German opera director with Polish roots, studied hBruno Berger-Gorski, a German opera director with Polish roots, studied history of art, Italian literature, theatre and musicology and graduated from the University of Vienna with a master’s of theater, film and media studies. He has a particular interest in contemporary music and in hunting out and rediscovering music that had been labeled as ‘degenerate’ and fallen unjustly into oblivion.

Worldwide he has staged more than 100 works in famous opera houses such as the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, in Sao Paulo, at the Amazonas Festival in Manaus, Brazil, at the Teresa Carreño Theatre in Caracas, in Montevideo, at the National Theatre and the State Opera in Prague, at the Florida Grand Opera in Miami, in Mumbai, at the National Theatres in Athens und Thessaloniki, in Ashkelon, Israel, at the Seoul Arts Center in Korea, at the State Opera in Kazan, several time at the Opera Zuid in Maastricht und in Bergen, Norway, in Budapest, at the Teatro Liceu in Barcelona, in Oviedo, in Teneriffe, at the Teatro Giglio in Lucca and at the Alexander Theatre in Helsinki.

In the German speaking world has put pieces on, among other places, at the Hamburg Staatsoper, in Magdeburg, Aachen, Trier, several times at the Oper Bonn, in Lucerne, Biel-Bienne, Salzburg  and at the Kammeroper and in the Konzerthaus in Vienna. 

Among these pieces there have been premieres of works by Adriana Hölszky, Udo Zimmermann, G. Klebe, K. Vaage, M Trojahn, T. Johnson, Ella Milch-Sheriff, Peter Eötvös, Salvatore Sciarrino und Josef Tal, among others. His staging of the Austrian first performance of Kurt Weill’s Der Silbersee in Vienna und of Baruchs Schweigen by the Israeli composer Ella Milch-Sheriff in 2015 aroused widespead recognition in the press and from experts in the field.  In 2016 further successful productions followed in the European Capital of Culture Wrocław as well as in Luxembourg and Bonn with the contemporary chamber opera Garten by Josef Tal and Ella Milch-Sheriff’s Conversation with a Stone, with the conductor Marino Formenti.

At the Luxembourg National Theatre Berger-Gorski put on the two contemporary chamber operas Someone is going to come by Knut Vaage and Jon Fosse together with Mond aus Kochender Milch by Camille Kerger.  In 2017 he was invited by Dallas Opera in the USA to mount a new production of Samson and Delilah with Emmanuel Villaume.  The same year in Salzburg as part of the Festival he put on the first staged performances of Josef Tal’s Homage to Else Lasker Schüler in the Museum der Moderne and the Salzburg synagogue with Marko Feingold, and later in 2018 staged the piece again at the Jaffa Festival in Tel Aviv and for the Jewish Festival in Kraków. In Biel-Solothurn he staged Radames by Peter Eötvös together with Salvatore Sciarrino’s Lohengrin as a double-bill, a production which was then invited in January 2020 to the Festival OPERA 21 in Bolzano.

In 2019 Berger-Gorski presented the Israeli premiere of The golden dragon by Peter Eötvös in the Gesher Theatre in Tel Aviv and was then invited to take this production to the Bartok-Plusz Festival in Miskolc, its first performance in Hungary. He also put on Offenbach’s rarely performed pieces Pepito and Ehemann vor der Türe at the Volksbühne in Cologne for the Offenbach anniversary year.  Early in 2020 Košice Opera invited Berger-Gorski to put on Fidelio for its 200 year Beethoven anniversary celebrations, and in 2021 he is due to mount an Austrian first performance of a rediscovered piece by Korngold at the Landestheater in Linz.

He has been invited to lecture at a number of international universities, among others, at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and as guest professor at the The University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Besides this, he has taught many semesters as adjunct professor at the Detmold University of Music, the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen and at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz (Hfmt) in Cologne.