Olaf  Winter

Lighting Designer (Germany)

HGO Appearances: Tristan and Isolde (2013)

About the Artist: Olaf Winter began designing lighting for the stage while he was still a student in Muenster. From 1989 to 2001, he was resident lighting designer for Frankfurt Ballet under William Forsythe. He became technical director of Frankfurt Opera in 2002 and served there until 2008, and in 2009 he became technical director of the Frankfurt Opera and Playhouse. As a freelancer, he has worked at the Salzburg Festival, Paris National Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Aix-en-Provence Festival, La Scala, Bavarian State Opera, Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Theater, and Pocket Opera Company. He also lit performances of The Yellow Shark by Frank Zappa and the Ensemble Modern. He has worked with such directors as Christoph Marthaler, Claus Guth, Christoph Nel and Christof Loy. Operas with Loy include The Abduction from the Seraglio, Simon Boccanegra, and Così fan tutte for Frankfurt Opera; Julius Caesar at Theater an der Wien; Alceste for the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Royal Opera Copenhagen, and Vienna State Opera; Armida for the Salzburg Festival; Faust for Frankfurt Opera, Gothenburg Opera, and National Theater of São Carlos in Lisbon; and Tristan and Isolde at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Future engagements will bring him to La Scala, the Glyndebourne Festival, and the Bregenz Festival.