Rosamund Gilmore  | © Elsa Okazaki

Rosamund Gilmore

Techer for Music Dramatic RepresentationDepartment Opera & Musical Theater
Rosamund Gilmore, born in 1955 in Esher near London, began her training as a dancer at an early age, first at the Elmhurst Ballet School in London and from 1972 at the John Cranko School in Stuttgart. Her first engagements took her to Augsburg, Kassel and Bonn. In 1979, together with the composer Franz Hummel, she founded the  Laokoon Dance Group , with which she created 14 dance theater works as a choreographer, and which established itself as one of the most successful dance theater groups of the 1980s.

For her choreographies, including the Egmont Trilogy, B Minor Mass and Bluebeard (filmed for ZDF), Roasmund Gilmore was awarded the Culture Prize of the City of Mannheim (1987) and the Bavarian Culture Prize (1989). In 1987 she took on her first opera direction with the world premiere of Franz Hummel's Lucifer at the Ulm Theatre, which was quickly followed by others, so that with the beginning of the 1990s Rosamund Gilmore made staging works of music theatre the focus of her creative work. In addition to Franz Hummel's Gesualdo, Styx and Der Richter und sein Henker, she premiered operas by Günther Bialas (Aus der Matratzengruft), Johannes Kalitzke (Molière oder Die Henker der Komödianten), Sidney Corbett (Noach und Keine Stille außer der Winde) and Georgio Battistelli (El otoño del patriarca).

In parallel, she has worked on major operatic repertoire from all musical eras: From Monteverdi ( L'Orfeo, L'incoronazione di Poppea), Paisiello (Socrates) and Vivaldi (Orlando), to Handel (Rodelinda, Messiah) and Mozart (Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute), to Bizet (Carmen), Gounod (Roméo et Juliette), Tchaikovsky (Eugene Onegin), Puccini (Madama Butterfly, La Bohème, Turandot), Verdi (Il trovatore, Un ballo in maschera) and Wagner (Der fliegende Holländer, Tannhäuser, Tristan und Isolde, Parsifal, Der Ring des Nibelungen). Finally, the largest space is taken up by works of the 20th century. Century: Led chronologically by Bartók (The Miraculous Mandarin, Duke Bluebeard's Castle), Berg (Wozzeck), Prokofiev (The Love for Three Oranges), Janácek (The Cunning Little Vixen) and Richard Strauss (Daphne, Ariadne auf Naxos, Der Rosenkavalier) through Viktor Ullmann (Der König von Atlantis), Bohuslav Martinů (The Greek Passion), Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story), Bruno Maderna (Satyricon), Peter Maxwell Davies (Missa super l'homme armé) Mauricio Kagel (From Germany) Luciano Berio ( Un re in ascolto), Antonio Bibalo (Ghosts), James MacMillan (Búsqueda) to Alexander Goehr (Sonata about Jerusalem), Peter Eötvös (Tri sestri), Adriana Hölsky (Bremer Freiheit), Beat Furrer (Die Blinden), Detlev Glanert (Der Spiegel des großen Kaisers, Nijinski's Tagebuch) and Guo Wenjing (Wolf Club Village).

Among the many opera houses to which Rosamund Gilmore has been and continues to be engaged are the State Theatres of Kassel, Darmstadt, Braunschweig and Wiesbaden, the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz Munich, the Kiel Opera, the Bremen Theatre, the Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen, the Frankfurt Opera and the Leipzig Opera. The director has twice been nominated for the German Theatre Prize Faust: in 2007 for the world premiere of No Silence but that of the Wind by Sidney Corbett and in 2009 for the world premiere of Franz Hummel's opera The Judge and His Executioner.

Since October 2021 she has been a lecturer in Music Dramatic Performance at the University Mozarteum Salzburg.