Set designer Ben Baur made his Royal Opera debut in the 2016/17 Season on Così fan tutte, directed by Jan Philipp Gloger.
Baur studied stage and costume design at the Berlin School of Art and Design. He went on to work as a staff director for theatre and opera companies in Berlin, Cologne, Amsterdam and for the Bayreuth Festival. Since 2007 he has worked as a freelance designer in opera and theatre, working with such directors as Anna Bergmann, Rudolf Frey, Gloger, Bastian Kraft, Jim Lucassen, Jetske Mijnssen, Michael von zur Mühlen and Patrick Schlösser, at venues including Maxim Gorki Theatre, Deutsches Theater Berlin, Munich Volkstheater, Saarbrücken State Theatre, Kassel State Theatre, Vienna Burgtheater, Stuttgart Opera, Zürich Opera House and Semperoper Dresden. Opera credits include Le nozze di Figaro (Theater Augsburg), Alcina (Semperoper Dresen), Nabucco (Stuttgart State Theatre and Welsh National Opera), Faust and Orlando paladino (Zürich Opera House), Le Cid and Werther (Saarbrücken State Theatre), Ariodante (Aalto-Musiktheater Essen), Almira (Hamburg State Opera), Der Rosenkavalier (Dutch National Opera), La bohème (Badisches State Theatre) and Orfeo (Opéra national de Lorraine).
Baur also works as a director in opera and theatre, credits including Lucia di Lammermoor (Saarbrücken State Theatre) and Hofmannsthal’s Elektra (Deutsches Theater, Göttingen), for both of which he also created the set designs.