German designer and artist Philipp Fürhofer made his Royal Opera debut in 2013 creating set designs for Les Vêpres siciliennes, directed by Stefan Herheim.
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 Eugene Onegin for Netherlands Opera, directed by Herheim, and for Die Passagierin in Karlsruhe, directed by Holger Müller-Brandes.
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.