Karoly Risz, who was born in Dresden, learned a lot in workshops in the Semperoper before being engaged as a stage technician. He then went on to study set and costume design at the University of Fine Arts in Dresden and has been working freelance since 2005. He has worked closely with the director Tilmann Köhler for many years. They're back in Frankfurt, where he designed sets for Radamisto, Teseo, Xerxes, Rossini's Bianca e Falliero (which went to the 2022 Winter Festival in Erl) and Frank Martin's Le vin Herbé for new productions of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro and Zemlinsky's Traumgörge / George the Dreamer this season. Plays staged by them have included Krankheit der Jugend / Illness of Youth at the Nationaltheater in Weimar (which was invited to the 2007 Theatertreffen – a big honour), Die heilige Johanna der Schlachthöfe / St. Joan of Slaughter Houses (which won the 2009 Kurt Hübner Prize), Nichts / Nothing and Was im Leben wichtig ist / What Matters in Life (2012 Max Reinhardt Prize) at the Staatsschauspiel in Dresden.