German designer Johannes Leiacker made his Royal Opera debut in 2009, creating set and costume designs for the Olivier Award-winning production of Tristan und Isolde, directed by Christof Loy.
Leiacker first trained as a carpenter and then studied painting, sculpture, graphic design and set design in Wiesbaden. He has worked internationally for major theatre and opera companies, including the Bavarian State Opera, Berlin State Opera, Vienna State Opera, Zürich Opera, Semperoper Dresden, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Paris Opéra, La Monnaie, Brussels, Teatro Real, Madrid, the Bolshoi Theatre, De Nederlandse Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and Los Angeles Opera. He regularly collaborates with director Peter Konwitschny, for whom he has designed Attila (Theater an der Wien), Jenůfa (Graz), Der fliegende Holländer and Parsifal (Bavarian State Opera) and Tristan und Isolde (Bavarian State Opera and Tokyo), among others.
Leiacker also regularly collaborates with Loy, designs including Don Giovanni (Frankfurt), Alcina (Zürich), Die Frau ohne Schatten (Salzburg Festival), Peter Grimes (Theater an der Wien) and Les vêpres siciliennes and Khovanshchina (Amsterdam). Further opera credits include set designs for Tosca (Salzburg Festival) and L’elisir d’amore (Baden-Baden). Leiacker was a lecturer at the Dresden College of Fine Arts until 2010, and has twice been named Set Designer of the Year by Opernwelt magazine (1996 and 2009).