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Bernd Purkrabek

Lighting designer

Biography

Austrian lighting designer Bernd Purkrabek made his Royal Opera debut in the 2016/17 Season on Così fan tutte, directed by Jan Philipp Gloger.

Purkrabek studied fine art and photography before training as a lighting designer at the Munich Hochschule für Musik und Theater. He worked extensively in film and now regularly works in opera with directors including Pierre Audi, Mariame Clément, Gloger, Claus Guth, Florentine Klepper and Christof Loy.

Opera engagements include Don Pasquale (Glyndebourne Festival), Der fliegende Holländer and Simon Boccanegra (Semperoper Dresden), Rigoletto (Vienna State Opera), Peter Grimes, The Enchantress and Der Prinz von Homburg (Theater an der Wien), Arabella (Salzburg Festival), Alcina (Zürich Opera House), Falstaff and Jenůfa (Deutsche Oper Berlin), Macbeth (Grand Théâtre de Genéve), Lohengrin (Graz Opera and Norwegian Opera), La fanciulla del West (Royal Swedish Opera and Frankfurt Opera), Semiramide, Iolanta and Orfeo (Opéra national de Lorraine), Der Rosenkavalier and Les Vêpres siciliennes (Dutch National Opera), Die Zauberflöte and Agrippina (Vlaamse Opera) and Manon Lescaut (Hamburg State Opera).