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Franz Peter David

Lighting designer


German lighting designer Franz Peter David made his Royal Opera debut in 1987 with Le nozze di Figaro, directed by Johannes Schaaf. He has since returned to work on The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Ramin Gray.

David was born in Berlin. He began his career at the Freie Volksbühne Berlin and went on to hold positions at Hallesches Ufer, the Hamburg Schauspielhaus, the Schauspielhaus in Cologne and Thalia Theater, Hamburg. He was lighting designer and Head of the Lighting Department for the Berlin State Opera 1994–2005. He has worked with designers including Rolf Glittenberg, Karl Ernst Herrmann, Axel Mathey, Hans Schavernoch, Johannes Schütz and Erich Wonder, directors including Ruth Berghaus, Luc Bondy, Dorris Döoriem Peter Greenaway, Jürgen Flimm, Götz Friedrich, Harry Kupfer, Thomas Langhoff, Hans Neuenfels, Schaaf and Robert Wilson, and with choreographers Patrice Bart, Maurice Béjart and Vladimir Malakhov.

In addition to his work in Berlin he has worked for opera and theatre companies in Amsterdam, Glasgow, Vienna, Brussels, Tokyo, Stuttgart, Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Dusseldorf and Zürich, and at the Salzburg, Bregenz, Innsbruck and Aix-en-Provence festivals, with engagements including The Song of Youth (National Opera of Beijing) and Der Rosenkavalier (Salzburg Easter Festival).