Karoline Gruber’s productions have been performed at many leading international opera houses. Her close affiliation with the Hamburg State Opera commenced in 2003 with her production of Monteverdi's “L'Incoronazione di Poppea”, which received several nominations from ‘Opernwelt’ (Opera World magazine) including “Best Director and Best Production”. In 2004, she returned to Hamburg for Verdi’s “Nabucco” and again in 2005 to direct Handel’s “Giulio Cesare”, which was later transferred to Opera Cologne.
Highlights from this period include debuts at the Saxon State Opera Dresden, Nikikai Opera Tokyo and Vienna State Opera, as well as productions at Leipzig Opera, National Theatre of Saint Carlos Lisbon and Aalto Theatre Essen.
Between 2005 and 2010, Gruber was Professor of Scenic Studies at the Berlin University of Arts, ending her tenure with a production of Poulenc’s “Dialogues des Carmélites”. In 2011, Gruber directed Rameau’s “Platée” for German Opera on the Rhine and Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” as a co-production with Nikikai Opera Tokyo and German Opera on the Rhine Düsseldorf/ Duisburg.
In January 2012, her interpretations of both “Don Giovanni” (German Opera on the Rhine ) and Aribert Reimann’s “Lear” (Hamburg State Opera) featuring Bo Skovhus and conducted by Simone Young were highly acclaimed by public and press. Both productions received numerous nominations in the annual “Opernwelt” for “Best Production of the Season 2011/ 2012”.
In 2013, Gruber staged Handel’s oratorio “Semele” at the Cuvilliés-Theater in Munich and a revival of “Don Giovanni” at German Opera on the Rhine. The following year, a revival of “Lear” was presented at the Hamburg State Opera; this acclaimed production has been recorded and was recently released on DVD by Unitel/ Classica.
In 2015, Gruber successfully directed a new production of “Die Tote Stadt” by E. W. Korngold at the Hamburg State Opera with Klaus Florian Vogt staring in the main role. In 2016 she returned to Nikikai Opera Tokyo to direct R. Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos”. Both of these productions continued her collaboration with conductor Simone Young.
In 2017 she will return to the Vienna State Opera for a production of “The Gambler” by Sergei Prokofjev. She will also direct the world premiere of a new opera, “Orlando” by Olga Neuwirth at the Vienna State Opera in 2019.