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Johannes Leiacker

Set Designer

Johannes Leiacker
© Monika Rittershaus

Johannes Leiacker is sought-after world wide as a set and costume designer for opera and plays. Now he's back at Oper Frankfurt, where he's a regular guest, most recently for Christof Loy’s Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Night before Chrismas, Katharina Thoma’s Tristan und Isolde, Johannes Erath’s Król Roger and Brigitte Fassbaender’s Capriccio (revival: October 2022), for this new production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Other engagements have taken him to places including the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the Vienna State Opera, Nationale Opera Amsterdam, Opéra National de Paris, Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, opera houses in Madrid, Brussels, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Moscow and Tokyo and the Salzburg, Bregenz and Baden-Baden festivals. He works regularly with the directors Peter Konwitschny (most recently on Les Huguenots and Norma at the Semperoper in Dresden), Christof Loy, with whom he stages Salome at Finnish National Opera in Helsinki and Schreker's Der Schatzgräber at the Deutsche Oper Berlin this season and enjoyed great success with Verdi's Luisa Miller at the 2021 Glyndebourne Festival, Dietrich Hilsdorf and Rolando Villazón. He and Christof Loy's production of Tristan und Isolde at Covent Garden won the 2010 Laurence Olivier Award and their Peter Grimes at the Theater an der Wien was voted »Best Production« at the 2016 International Opera Awards. Johannes Leiacker was a professor at the University of Fine Arts in Dresden until 2010. He was voted »Set Designer of the Year« by Opernwelt magazine in 1996, 2009 and 2018.