Set & Costume Designer
Christian Schmidt has designed sets for many productions directed by Claus Guth. Their projects in Frankfurt in recent seasons were Der Rosenkavalier, Il trittico, Daphne, Pelléas und Mélisande (the last 2 won FAUST theatre prizes for best productions of the year), their Die lustige Witwe / The Merry Widow and Rodelinda (a co-production with the Teatro Real in Madrid) are being performed in Frankfurt this season. Since they began working together in 1992 their productions have been seen at theatres all over Europe, including the Salzburg and Bayreuth festivals, the Munich Biennale, the Glyndebourne Festival, the Semperoper in Dresden, Theater an der Wien, Opéra National in Paris, the Nationale Opera Amsterdam, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and the Hamburg, Berlin and Vienna state operas. This season, following on from the world premiere of Michael Jarrell's Bérénice at Paris Opera, plans include Handel's Orlando at the Theater an der Wien. He designed the set for Oper Frankfurt's 2014 new production of Delius' A Village Romeo and Juliet directed by Eva-Maria Höckmayr, with whom he worked on Lucia di Lammermoor at Cologne Opera. He has also worked with Christof Loy, Andreas Homoki, Hans Neuenfels (with whom he works on a new Pique Dame at the Salzburg Festival) and Amelie Niermeyer (with whom he creates Otello at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich) . He has been voted set / costume designer of the year several times by critics from Opernwelt magazine.