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04.03.2011 GDANSK . OPERA BALTYCKA .
FOT. RENATA DABROWSKA

Karolina Sofulak

Director

Faust, Opera Poznan, Director: Karolina Sofulak, Photographer: B. Barczyk
Faust, Opera Poznan, Director: Karolina Sofulak, Photographer: B. Barczyk

Faust, Opera Poznan, Director: Karolina Sofulak, Photographer: B. Barczyk

Faust, Opera Poznan, Director: Karolina Sofulak, Photographer: B. Barczyk

Faust, Opera Poznan, Director: Karolina Sofulak, Photographer: B. Barczyk

Faust, Opera Poznan, Director: Karolina Sofulak, Photographer: B. Barczyk

Faust, Opera Poznan, Director: Karolina Sofulak, Photographer: B. Barczyk

Faust, Opera Poznan, Director: Karolina Sofulak, Photographer: B. Barczyk

Faust, Opera Poznan, Director: Karolina Sofulak, Photographer: B. Barczyk

Faust, Opera Poznan, Director: Karolina Sofulak, Photographer: B. Barczyk

Faust, Opera Poznan, Director: Karolina Sofulak, Photographer: B. Barczyk

Faust, Opera Poznan, Director: Karolina Sofulak, Photographer: B. Barczyk

Faust, Opera Poznan, Director: Karolina Sofulak, Photographer: B. Barczyk

Cavalleria Rusticana, Opera North, Director: Karolina Sofulak, Photographer: Robert Workman

Cavalleria rusticana, Opera North, Director: Karolina Sofulak, Photographer: Robert Workman

Cavalleria Rusticana, Opera North, Director: Karolina Sofulak, Photographer: Robert Workman

Cavalleria rusticana, Opera North, Director: Karolina Sofulak, Photographer: Robert Workman

Cavalleria Rusticana, Opera North, Director: Karolina Sofulak, Photographer: Robert Workman

Cavalleria rusticana, Opera North, Director: Karolina Sofulak, Photographer: Robert Workman

Pygmalion, Stroud Green Festival, Director: Karolina Sofulak, Photographer: Robert Piwko

Pygmalion, Stroud Green Festival, Director: Karolina Sofulak, Photographer: Robert Piwko

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Karolina Sofulak is an international director of opera who recently won the 2018 European Opera Directing Prize, and will be directing Manon Lescaut at Opera Holland Park as the prize. Karolina studied at University of Warsaw before training in Opera and Music Theatre Direction at the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Kraków, and is also an alumna of the European Network of Opera Academies.

Recent productions include include directing Faust for Teatr Wielki in Poznań. She has also worked with Opera North, Brighton Early Music Festival, Stroud Green Festival, Ateneo Veneto, London Festival of Baroque Music and Baltic State Opera in Gdańsk. As a revival director, Karolina has worked with Opera de Dijon, Teatro Regio di Torino, and Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera.

As an assistant and associate director, Karolina has worked with Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Opera National de Bordeaux, Grange Park Opera, Opernhaus Chemnitz, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Opera North, Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte Montepulciano, Oper Wuppertal, and Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera.

Upcoming productions Manon Lescaut at Opera Holland Park.

Praise for Faust:

“This is an extremely difficult task for Karolina Sofulak, as this young director was entrusted with the staging of Gounod’s immortal work on the stage of the Teatr Wielki in Poznań. Well, she managed to fulfill this mission with great skill and effort, avoiding major mishaps, despite the fact that several of its “modernizing” ideas have a truly breakneck nature.”
– Juliusz Tyszka, Teatralny

SELECTED DIRECTING CREDITS

2019

Faust
Teatr Wielki in Poznań
director: Karolina Sofulak // musical director: Gabriel Chmura // sets: Charles Edwards // costumes: Sue Willmington // choreography and scenic movement: Jaroslaw Staniek

2017

Cavalleria rusticana
Opera North
director: Karolina Sofulak // conductor: Tobias Ringborg // sets: Charles Edwards // costumes: Gabrielle Dalton

Pygmalion
Stroud Green Festival // Brighton Early Music Festival
director: Karolina Sofulak // music director: Satoko Doi-Luck // lighting: Natalie Rowland // animation: Kate Anderson

2016

Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda
London Festival of Baroque Music // Ateneo Veneto, Venice (2015)
director: Karolina Sofulak // lighting: Natalie Rowland

2013

Breaking the Rules
Brighton Early Music Festival
director: Karolina Sofulak

2011

La traviata
Baltic State Opera, Gdańsk
director: Karolina Sofulak // music director: José Maria Florěncio // sets & costumes: Hanna Szymczak // original staging concept: Marek Weiss

SELECTED REVIVAL DIRECTING CREDITS

2015

Turco in Italia
Opera de Dijon // Teatro Regio di Torino (2014)
director: Christopher Alden // revival director: Karolina Sofulak

2012

Eugene Onegin
Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera
director: Mariusz Treliński // revival director: Karolina Sofulak

2011

Turnadot
Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera
director: Mariusz Treliński // revival director: Karolina Sofulak

Le nozze di Figaro
Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera
director: Keith Warner // revival director: Karolina Sofulak

 

SELECTED ASSISTANT AND ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR CREDITS

2018

From the House of the Dead
Royal Opera House
director: Krzysztof Warlikowski // assistant director: Karolina Sofulak // designer: Małgorzata Szczęśniak // lighting: Felice Ross

2017

Turco in Italia
Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera // Teatro Regio di Torino (2014)
director: Christopher Alden // associate director: Karolina Sofulak // conductor: Andriy Yurkevych // sets: Andrew Lieberman // lighting: Adam Silverman

2016

Norma
English National Opera // Opera National de Bordeaux (2015) // Opernhaus Chemnitz (2014) // Opera North (2011)
director: Christopher Alden // associate director: Karolina Sofulak // conductor: Stephen Lord // sets: Charles Edwards // costumes: Sue Willmington

The Flying Dutchman
Opera North
director: Peter Mumford // first assistant director: Karolina Sofulak // conductor: Richard Farnes

2014

Gianni Schicchi/La vida breve
Opera North
director: Christopher Alden // first assistant director: Karolina Sofulak // conductor: Jac van Steen // designer: Charles Edwards

Don Quichotte
The Grange Park Opera
director & designer: Charles Edwards // associate director: Karolina Sofulak // conductor: Renato Balsadonna

2013

Peter Grimes
Opera North
director: Phyllida Lloyd // assistant director: Karolina Sofulak // conductor: Jac van Steen // design: Anthony Ward

Peter Grimes
Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe
director: Christopher Alden // first assistant director: Karolina Sofulak // sets: Charles Edwards // costumes: Doey Luthi

Joshua
Opera North
director, sets & lighting: Charles Edwards // first assistant director: Karolina Sofulak // conductor: Stephen Layton

2011

Ariadne auf Naxos
Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte Montepulciano
director: Tilman Knabe // assistant director & stage manager: Karolina Sofulak

Turnadot
Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera
director: Mariusz Treliński // assistant director: Karolina Sofulak

2010

Le nozze di Figaro
Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera
director: Keith Warner // assistant director: Karolina Sofulak

Madama Butterfly
Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera
director: Mariusz Treliński // assistant director: Karolina Sofulak

Katya Kabanova
Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera
director: David Alden // assistant director: Karolina Sofulak

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