Christian Schmidt Set designer
Season 23/24 ArtistSeason 24/25 Artist


Born in Cobourg, Christian Schmidt studied with Erich Wonder at the Vienna Fine Arts Academy. He works regularly with Claus Guth, Hans Neuenfels, Christof Loy, Andreas Homoki, Vasily Barkhatov, Evgeny Titov, Yona Kim, Mateja Koleznik and Amélie Niermeyer. In 2017 and 2020, he was an International Opera Awards nominee.

Recent engagements include the Mozart / Da Ponte cycle, The Queen of Spade and Aida at the Salzburg Festival, The Flying Dutchman at the Bayreuth Festival, Die Frau ohne Schatten and Lohengrin at Teatro alla Scala Milan, Tristan und Isolde, Ariane et Barbe-Bleue, Ariadne auf Naxos and I Capuleti e i Montecchi at Zurich Opernhaus, The Turn of the Screw at Schiller Theater in Berlin, Der Rosenkavalier, Daphné, Rodelinda and The Merry Widow at Frankfurt Opera, The Messiah, Lazarus, a Monteverdi cycle, The Enchantress, Saul, Orlando and Rusalka at Theater an der Wien, The Cunning Little Vixen et Komische Oper Berlin, Rodelinda at Teatro Real Madrid, Scènes de chasse at Dusseldorf theatre, La Forza del destino at Dutch National Opera and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Otello at Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Norma and Lucia di Lammermoor in Hamburg, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at Wiesbaden Staatstheater, Chaya Czernowin’s Heart Chamber at Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Future engagements feature Der Ring des Nibelungen at Zurich Opernhaus, The Enchantress in Frankfurt and The Idiot at Theater an der Wien.

At the Paris Opera: Rigoletto, 2016; Lohengrin, 2017; Bérénice, 2018

Currently in

  • Opéra Bastille
  • from 01 December 2024 to 12 June 2025

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