German designer Christian Schmidt made his Royal Opera debut in 2014 as set designer for Die Frau ohne Schatten, directed by Claus Guth.
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, their 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 also works with directors including Hans Neuenfels, Christof Loy and Andreas Homoki. He has won several prestigious awards.
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