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Philipp Fürhofer

Set designer


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 and set and costume designs for The Queen of Spades for Dutch National Opera, and set and costume designs for Pelléas et Mélisande for Glyndebourne Festival, directed by Herheim, and set designs for Die Passagierin and Macbeth (also costumes) in Karlsruhe, directed by Holger Müller-Brandes, for Carmen in Bern directed by Stephan Märki and for Der fliegende Holländer for Finnish National Opera, directed by Kasper Holten.

Fürhofer’s work as an artist has been exhibited around the world in galleries and museums in Hamburg, Milan, Berlin, Sydney, Cologne, Munich and Hong Kong and in 2017 the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt hosted his solo show [dis]connect. In 2018 he created the exhibition design for the exhibition Du bist Faust, based on Goethe´s drama, at the Kunsthalle in Munich.