Set & Costume Designer
The set and costume designer Rainer Sellmaier is back at Oper Frankfurt, after last season's wonderful production of Meyerbeer's L’Africaine, for this new production of La forza del destino. He has collaborated with the director Tobias Kratzer, with whom he won the 2008 den Graz Ring Award, for many years. Their most recent productions have included a Bastien und Bastienne / Eine florentinische Tragödie (A Florentine Tragedy) double bill at Oper Halle, Les contes d’Hoffmann / The Tales of Hoffmann in Amsterdam, Lucio Silla at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels and the Staatstheater in Karlsruhe, Götterdämmerung in Karlsruhe and Rameau's Zoroastre at the Komische Oper Berlin. Future plans include Zemlinsky's Der Zwerg / The Dwarf at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Tannhäuser at this summer's Bayreuth Festival. He has designed set and costumes for many other wonderful productions at theatres including the Lucerne Theater (Anna Bolena & Carmen) and Wermland Opera in Karlstad, Sweden (Rigoletto & Bach's Johannespassion). He also worked on Schwemmer's Robin Hood with Nelly Danker, and Falstaff at the Staatstheater in Saarbrücken with Johannes Pölzgutter. Rainer Sellmaier has been nominated many times as set/costume designer of the year in Opernwelt magazine. He studied history of art and musicology in Munich, set and costume design at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and started his career designing sets and costumes at Theater Regensburg.