Technical Director & Lighting Designer
Last season at Oper Frankfurt Olaf Winter lit new productions of Rimsky-Korsakov's The Night before Christmas and Puccini's Madama Butterfly, which is being revived this season, during which he lights new productions of Tchaikovsky's Die Zauberin / The Enchantress and Strauss’ Elektra. He recently worked on Verdi's Luisa Miller in Glyndebourne and Schreker's Der Schatzgräber / The Treasure Seeker at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Olaf Winter, who was born in 1958, began his career in theatre at the Wolfgang Borchert Theatre in Münster whilst studying musicology, publicity and German. His talent for lighting led to him joining the Studio Forum of Stage Design in New York, where he studied Lighting Design from 1986-1989. In 1989 he began working as Lighting Designer for William Forsythe and Frankfurt Ballet before taking up the same post at Oper Frankfurt in 1994. He has lit many productions at Oper Frankfurt, the Salzburg Festival, the Opéra National de Paris and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London. He has worked closely with several directors for many years, including Claus Guth, Christof Loy (most recently on Salome at Finnish National Opera) and Christoph Marthaler. Olaf Winter was madeTechnical Director of Oper Frankfurt in 2001/2002 and has been Technical Director of both Oper and Schauspiel Frankfurt since 2009/2010.