ENO1819 Ripper: Josephine Barstow

Dame Josephine Barstow


Dame Josephine Barstow is recognised as one of the world’s leading singing actresses. During a long career she has performed in most of the world’s major opera houses and with many of the great conductors singing a varied repertoire of VerdiRichard StraussPuccini and Janácek among others.

Previously for ENO: Maud Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel

Career Highlights

Recent and forthcoming engagements: Bernstein’s ‘Kaddish’ Symphony with Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra Nazionale di Santa Cecillia Roma; Heidi Schiller Follies (RNT); Mother Marie Dialogues of the Carmelites (ENO); Countess Queen of Spades, Lady Billows Albert Herring (Opera North/Birgitta Festival‚ Tallinn); Kostelnichka Jenufa (Oviedo, Vlaamse Opera); Mama Lucia Cavalleria rusticana (Liceu, Barcelona). Her long association with ENO includes roles such as Violetta La traviata‚ Natasha War and Peace‚ Salome‚ Elisabeth Don Carlos‚ Leonora The Force of Destiny‚ Leonore Fidelio‚ Jeanne The Devils of Loudon‚ Katarina Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk‚ Tosca‚ Sieglinde‚ Senta‚ Emilia Marty The Makropoulos Case‚ Marschallin and Arabella.

Recordings include: Un ballo in mascheraGlorianaAlbert HerringKiss Me, KateOliverStreet SceneWozzeckJenufa and The Carmelites.

Films include: Gloriana – a film and Owen Wingrave. In 1985 she was appointed a CBE and awarded the International Directors’ Fidelio Award. In 1995 she was made a DBE.

Last updated: 21st August 2019