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Wolfgang Göbbel

Lighting designer


German lighting designer Wolfgang Göbbel made his Royal Opera debut in 1993 with Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. He has returned to design lighting for King Arthur, The Midsummer Marriage, Nabucco, Paul Bunyan, The Bartered Bride, The Golden Cockerel, Orlando, The Tempest, Der Ring des Nibelungen, Maskarade, Owen Wingrave, Salome, Die tote Stadt, Les Troyens and Eugene Onegin for The Royal Opera, and Proverb for The Royal Ballet.

Göbbel has designed lighting for productions for many leading opera companies worldwide, including Berlin State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Komische Oper Berlin, Vienna State Opera, Theater an der Wien, La Scala, Milan, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, Dutch National Opera, La Monnaie, Brussels, Opera Vlaanderen, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Liceu, Barcelona, Metropolitan Opera, New York, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera and at the Hyogo Performing Arts Centre. He has also designed lighting for opera festivals including Bregenz (Aida, Un ballo in maschera and La bohème), Savonlinna (Lohengrin and Tosca) and Glyndebourne (Jenůfa, Kát’a Kabanová, The Second Mrs Kong, The Last Supper and Ermione). He works regularly with directors David Alden, David Fielding, Antony McDonald, Johan Simons, Tomo Sugao, Walter Sutcliffe and Keith Warner, among others.

In theatre, Göbbel has designed for companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Almeida Theatre, Schaubühne Berlin, Burgtheater, Vienna, Zürich Playhouse, Théâtre de la Ville de Paris and many other theatres throughout Europe. His awards include a 2011 Knight of Illumination Award.