Michael Bauer
Lighting designer

Season 21/22 Artist

Michael Bauer has been chief lighting designer for the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich since 1998. He has also been teaching lighting design at the Munich College of Music since 1993. He has collaborated with numerous directors in Munich including Luc Bondy, David Bösch, August Everding, Claus Guth, Richard Jones, Yannis Kokkos, Peter Konwitschny, Jürgen Rose, and Roland Schwab on a host of productions ranging from Tosca and Don Carlo to Nabucco, Die Fledermaus, Der fliegende Holländer, Tristan und Isolde, Jenůfa, Die Zauberflöte, Medea, Guillaume Tell, L’elisir d’amore, Orfeo, Arabella, and Mefistofele. He has also worked in theatres in Hamburg, Berlin, Dresden, Madrid, London, San Francisco, New York, Milan, Antwerp, Ghent, Basle, Athens, Saint Petersburg, and Paris (for the Jürgen Rose production of Werther). In 1999, he received the Bavarian Theatre Prize for his lighting design for Pnima at the Munich Biennale. Michael Bauer also collaborates regularly with Calixto Bieito (Boris Godunov, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, Cosi fan tutte, Tannhäuser, La Juive, Oresteia, Tosca, Moses und Aron, Simon Boccanegra, Elias, Le Grand Macabre, and Falstaff). More recently, he created the lighting for David Bösch’s production of The Bartered Bride, Andreas Dresen’s production of La Fanciulla del West and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Alceste in Munich; David Bösch’s production of The Merry Wives of Windsor at Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Tobias Kratzer’s production of Fidelio at the Royal Opera House in London, and David Bösch’s production of Manon at the Hamburg Staatsoper.

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