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Christian Schmidt


In the 2013/14 Season German designer Christian Schmidt makes his Royal Opera debut, creating the sets for Christian Guth's new production of Die Frau ohne Schatten, a co-production with La Scala, Milan.

Schmidt was born in Coburg and studied set design at the Salzburg Mozarteum and with Erich Wonder at the Akademie der bildenden Künste in Vienna. He regularly collaborates with Guth, on productions including Der Ring des Nibelungen for Hamburg State Opera, Aschemond or the Fairy Queen for Berlin State Opera, Lohengrin for La Scala, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Lucio Silla for Barcelona, Lazarus for Theater an der Wien, Il trittico, Pelléas et Mélisande and Daphne for Frankfurt Opera, Tannhäuser for Vienna State Opera, Ariadne auf Naxos and Parsifal for Zürich Opera and the Mozart/Da Ponte operas at the Salzburg Festival.

Schmidt has also worked with directors including Hans Neuenfels, Christof Loy and Andreas Homoki. He has won several prestigious awards.

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How to Stage an Opera: Freud and Die Frau ohne Schatten

How to Stage an Opera: Freud and Die Frau ohne Schatten

20 March 2014

How changing attitudes to Freud have shaped the set designs of The Royal Opera's production.