German designer Rebecca Ringst makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2019/20 Season designing the sets for Barrie Kosky’s production of Agrippina.
Ringst was born in Berlin in 1975, and still lives in the city. She studied stage and costume design with Andreas Reinhardt at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Dresden, and video arts as Barcelona’s Escola Superior de Disseny. She began working with director Calixto Bieito in 2006, initially as a video artist, and later as a set designer. For Bieito she has designed sets for productions for companies including Komische Oper Berlin, Bavarian State Opera, English National Opera, Norwegian National Opera, Teatro Real Madrid, Zürich Opera, Stuttgart State Opera, Paris Opéra, Opera Vlaanderen, Theater Freiburg, Residenztheater Munich, Nuremberg State Theatre, Maggio Musicale, Florence, Dresden Semperoper, and Theater an der Wien. Her collaboration with Barrie Kosky began in 2014 when she designed sets for The Fiery Angel (Bavarian State Opera); she has subsequently designed sets for Kosky’s Eugene Onegin and Candide (Komische Oper Berlin), Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Bayreuth Festival) and Agrippina (Munich Festival).
Ringst was Opernwelt’s Designer of the Year for Der Rosenkavalier directed by Stefan Herheim in 2010, won the Spanish Premio Max in 2014, and was honored as Designer of the Year 2019 from the International Opera Awards.