German set and lighting designer Klaus Grünberg made his Royal Opera debut in the 2016/17 Season designing sets and lighting for The Nose, directed by Barrie Kosky.
Grünberg was born in Hamburg and studied stage design with Erich Wonder in Vienna. He works as a freelance set and lighting designer in theatre and opera, and regularly collaborates with directors Tatjana Gürbava and Kosky, and with composer and director Heiner Goebbels. Opera engagements include Moses und Aron, Rusalka, Ball im Savoy, Kiss Me, Kate and Le nozze di Figaro for Komische Oper Berlin, Rigoletto, Die Zauberflöte and Aida for Zürich Opera House, De Materie for Ruhrtriennale, The Enchantress and Mazeppa for Vlaamse Opera, Der Ring des Nibelungen for Hannover State Opera, Carmen and Der schwarze Mönch (world premiere) for Leipzig Opera, Salome for Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Le Grand Macabre for Theater Bremen, Rigoletto for Graz Opera, Tristan und Isolde and Der fliegende Holländer for Aalto-Musiktheater Essen and Lohengrin for Vienna State Opera.
Grünberg regularly collaborates with Goebbles, projects including Stifters Dinge, I went to the house but did not enter with the Hilliard Ensemble, Surrogate Cities for the Venice Biennale, eraritjaritjaka with André Wilms and the Mondriaan Quartet, No Arrival No Parking, Navigation Part III, …même soir.– with Les Percussions de Strasbourg and Delusion of the Fury for Ruhrtriennale. Theatre credits include The Merchant of Venice, The Bacchae and La Vie de bohème for Frankfurt Schauspiel and Some Explicit Polaroids for Hannover Schauspiel. His awards include Designer of the Year at the 2017 International Opera Awards.