American designer Paul Steinberg made his Royal Opera debut in 2008 creating set designs for La Calisto, directed by David Alden, and has since returned to create set designs for Falstaff, directed by Robert Carsen. In the 2016/17 Season he creates the set designs for Der Rosenkavalier, directed by Carsen.
Steinberg studied at the Pratt Institute and Central Saint Martins. He collaborates regularly with directors Christopher Alden (Don Giovanni and Turandot), David Alden (L’incoronazione di Poppea, La finta giardiniera, Il turco in Italia, Un ballo in maschera, Pelléas et Mélisande, Peter Grimes, Billy Budd and Khovanshchina), Carsen (Tannhäuser, Madama Butterfly, La fanciulla del West, Il trovatore, Otello, Lohengrin, The Love for Three Oranges and CO2) and Richard Jones (Don Giovanni, Wozzeck, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Der Rosenkavalier). His work has been commissioned by companies including English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival, Netherlands National Opera, Opera Vlaanderen, Vlaamse Oper, Theater and der Wien, Berlin State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bavarian State Opera, Paris Opéra, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and La Scala, Milan.
Steinberg is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, was featured in the 2003 and 2007 Prague Quadrennial and was the recipient of a grant from the British Arts Council. He is an Arts Professor in the graduate theatre design programme at the Tisch School of Arts, New York University.