Olaf Winter designs the lighting for The Royal Opera’s production of Die Frau ohne Schatten in the 2013/14 Season at the Royal Opera House. He made his Royal Opera debut in 2009 designing the lighting for Tristan und Isolde.
Winter studied musicology, journalism and German philology while working as a lighting and stage technician at the Wolfgang Borchert Theatre in Münster. He completed his training as a lighting designer at the Studio and Forum of Stage Design in New York and worked as a lighting designer for opera and ballet in Frankfurt, becoming Technical Director of Frankfurt Opera in 2002. Since 2009 he has been Technical Director of Frankfurt Opera and Playhouse. He has worked for opera companies including Paris Opéra, Berlin State Opera, La Scala, Milan, Liceu, Barcelona and Vienna State Opera and for the Salzburg and Aix-en-Provence festivals.
His recent work includes many productions for Frankfurt Opera including I vespri siciliani, Tannhäuser, Il trittico and Daphne (with Claus Guth), Der Ring des Nibelungen, Pelléas et Mélisande, Un ballo in maschera and Khovanshchina. For other companies his productions have included Wozzeck (Teatro Real, Madrid), Ariadne auf Naxos (Glyndebourne Festival), Die Frau ohne Schatten (La Scala) and Alceste (Vienna State Opera).