German designer Philipp Fürhofer makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2013/14 Season creating the set designs for Stefan Herheim's new production of Les Vêpres siciliennes.
Fürhofer was born in Augsburg and studied at the School of Fine Arts at the University of Berlin with Hans Jürgen Diel, graduating in 2008. While a student he worked as an assistant stage designer at the Zürich Opera House. His work in opera includes set designs for Herheim's production of Eugene Onegin (Netherlands Opera) and for Holger Müller-Brandes's production of Die Passagierin (Karlsruhe).
Fürhofer's work as an artist has been exhibited around the world in galleries in Hamburg, Milan, Berlin, Sydney, Cologne, Munich and Hong Kong and in 2012 the Bavarian National Museum, Munich, hosted his solo exhibition Breakthrough. His many awards include the Nextgastein Artist Residency at Bad Gastein, Austria in 2011.