Swiss designer Kaspar Glarner made his Royal Opera debut in the 2016/17 Season as costume designer for Otello, directed by Keith Warner.
Glarner was born in Zürich and studied in Paris, where he worked initially as a freelance painter, graphic artist and interior designer. He began his theatre career at the Thalia Theatre, Hamburg, and assisted Erich Wonder on several opera productions. He now works internationally as a set and costume designer. Previous credits with Warner include costume designs for Death in Venice, Lear and Falstaff (Frankfurt Opera), Tannhäuser and Simon Boccanegra (Opéra national du Rhin), The Devils of Loudun (Royal Danish Opera), Die Dreigroschenoper (Theater an der Wien) and Elektra (Prague and Karlsruhe), set designs for Volo di notte and Il prigioniero (Frankfurt Opera) and Die Frau ohne Schatten (Hamburg) and set and costume designs for Kát’a Kabanová (Theater an der Wien). He also works regularly with director Walter Sutcliffe, opera credits including set and costume designs for Owen Wingrave and The Turn of the Screw (Frankfurt and Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse), Die Gespenstersonate (Frankfurt), Werther (Magdeburg) and Rigoletto (Santiago and Belfast) and set designs for Luisa Miller and La traviata (Braunschweig). Further opera work includes with directors Vincent Boussard, Dale Duesing, Johannes Erath, Christine Mielitz and Amon Miyamoto, with whom he worked on Kinkakuji (Tokyo Bunka Kaikan) in 2019.
Glarner has worked widely in theatre, including for the Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin, the Hans Otto Theater, Potsdam, Augsburg Theater and the Residenztheater, Munich.