German designer Johannes Leiacker made his Royal Opera debut in 2009, creating set and costume designs for the Olivier Award-winning production of Tristan und Isolde, directed by Christof Loy. In the 2019/20 Season The Royal Opera revives Tristan und Isolde, and Leiacker is also the designer for Elektra.
Leiacker first trained as a carpenter and then studied painting, sculpture, graphic design and set design in Wiesbaden. He has worked internationally for major theatre and opera companies, including the Bavarian State Opera, Berlin State Opera, Vienna State Opera, Zürich Opera, Semperoper Dresden, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Paris Opéra, La Monnaie, Brussels, Teatro Real, Madrid, the Bolshoi Theatre, Duth National Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and Los Angeles Opera. He regularly collaborates with director Peter Konwitschny, for whom work includes Attila (Theater an der Wien), Jenufa and La traviata (Graz), Der fliegende Holländer and Parsifal (Bavarian State Opera), Les Huguenots (Semperoper Dresden), La Juive (Opera Vlaanderen), La bohème (Leipzig), Don Carlos (Hamburg) and Tristan und Isolde (Bavarian State Opera and Tokyo), among others.
Leiacker’s many collaborations with Christof Loy include Le nozze di Figaro (Bavarian State Opera), Tannhäuser (Dutch National Opera), Euryanthe (Theater an der Wien), Das Wunder der Heliane (Deutsche Oper Berlin), Don Giovanni (Frankfurt) and Ariodante (Salzburg Festival). He also works with directors including Rolando Villazón, Philipp Himmelmann, Dietrich Hilsdorf and Brigitte Fassbaender. Leiacker was a lecturer at the Dresden College of Fine Arts until 2010, and has twice been named Set Designer of the Year by Opernwelt magazine (1996 and 2009).