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Michael Bauer

Lighting designer

Biography

German lighting designer Michael Bauer makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2017/18 Season on Semiramide, directed by David Alden.

Bauer was born in Munich. He joined Bavarian State Opera as a trainee in 1980 and has been Head Lighting Designer there since 1998. With the company he has worked with directors including Calixto Bieito, Luc Bondy, David Bösch, August Everding, Claus Guth, Richard Jones, Yannis Kokkos, Peter Konwitschny, Jürgen Rose and Roland Schwab, on productions including Die Zauberflöte, L’elisir d’amore, Norma, Guillaume Tell, La Juive, Der fliegende Holländer, Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Nabucco, Don Carlos, Mefistofele, Boris Godunov, Werther, Hänsel und Gretel, Arabella and Die Fledermaus.

Away from Munich, Bauer has lit for Aalto-Musiktheater Essen, La Fenice, Venice, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Ultima Contemporary Music Festival, Oslo, Norwegian National Opera, Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Opera Vlaanderen and Opéra de Lyon, among others. He has taught lighting design at Munich’s Hochschule für Musik und Theater since 1993.