Austrian film makers Carmen Zimmermann and Roland Horvath (rocafilm) make their Royal Opera debuts in the 2019/20 Season as the video designers for Don Pasquale and Jenufa.
Zimmermann and Horvat set up their production company rocafilm in 2010 to produce videos for operas and plays as well as for documentary films. They first worked with Damiano Michieletto on La bohème (Salzburg Festival, 2012); their later collaborations with Michieletto have included Idomeneo (Theater an der Wien), Alcina, Falstaff and La Cenerentola (Salzburg Festival; Falstaff also shown at La Scala, Milan), Die Zauberflöte and Perocco’s Aquagranda (La Fenice, Venice; the latter won the 2017 Premio Abbiati), Rigoletto (Dutch National Opera), La Damnation de Faust (Rome Opera, winner of the 2018 Premio Abbiati), Don Pasquale (Paris Opéra) and Der ferne Klang (Frankfurt Opera). Their other opera credits include Giulio Cesare for Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier and Charlotte Salomon for Luc Bondy (Salzburg Festival), Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci for Philipp Stölzl and a reconstruction of Günther Schneider-Siemssen’s designs for Die Walküre for director Vera Nemirova and set designer Jens Kilian (Salzburg Easter Festival). For Claus Guth they have created video designs for the world premiere of Michael Jarrell’s Bérénice (Paris Opéra) and subsequently for Orlando (Theater an der Wien).
In spoken theatre, Zimmermann and Horvath have worked with Alexander Eisenach and Volker Hesse at the Graz Schauspielhaus. They are the authors and directors of two documentary films made in Asia: Between Days and Dreams (2011) and Sister Heart (2015).