Lighting designer Olaf Winter made his Royal Opera debut in 2009 on Tristan und Isolde, directed by Christof Loy, and has since returned to work on Die Frau ohne Schatten, directed by Claus Guth, and Un ballo in maschera, directed by Katharina Thoma. In the 2015/16 Season he returns to work on Il trovatore, directed by David Bösch.
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 went on to work 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.
Winter's credits with Frankfurt Opera include I vespri siciliani, Tannhäuser, Il trittico and Daphne (with Claus Guth), Der Ring des Nibelungen, Pelléas et Mélisande, Un ballo in maschera and Khovanshchina. Engagements elsewhere include Wozzeck (Teatro Real, Madrid), Ariadne auf Naxos (Glyndebourne Festival), Die Frau ohne Schatten (La Scala) and Alceste (Vienna State Opera).