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Wolfgang Goebbel

Lighting Designer

Wolfgang Goebbel

The German lighting designer Wolfgang Goebbel works for international opera houses and theatres. He lit shows at the Schaubühne in Berlin, Burgtheater Vienna, Playhouse Zürich, Theater Basel, Maxim Gorki Theater, Kölner Schauspiel, Royal Shakespeare Company, Landestheater Salzburg, Gate Theatre London, Almeida Theatre London, National Theatre London, Lyceum Edinburgh, Nottingham Playhouse, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Théâtre du Chaillot Paris, Théâtre du Rond point Paris, Salzburger Festspiele, het Toneelhuis Antwerpen, Wiener Festwochen as well as Operahouses in Hamburg, Leipzig, Düsseldorf, Duisburg, Essen, Mannheim, Aachen, Stuttgart, München, Frankfurt as well as Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Staatsoper Berlin, Komische Oper Berlin, Wiener Staatsoper, Volksoper Wien, De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, La Monnaie Brüssel, Vlaamse Opera Antwerpen and Gent, English National Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Opera North, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Grand Teatro del Liceo Barcelona, Metropolitan Opera New York, San Francisco War Memorial Opera, National Theatre Tokyo, Houston Grand Opera, Teatro Regio Torino, Théâtre du Chatelêt, Teatro alla Scala Milano. He is guest at the following international festivals: Aldeburgh Festival, Festival d’automne, Bregenzer Festspiele, Salzburger Festspiele, Edinburgh International Festival, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Holland Festival, Spoleto Festival dei due mondi, Styriarte Graz, Wiener Festwochen, Theatrefestival Moscow.

Among his most important productions are The Second Mrs. Kong and Katja Kabanowa as well as Jenufa in Glyndebourne, Time and the Room and Happy End in Nottingham, Un ballo in maschera on the floating stage at the Bregenz Festival , A Masked Ball and Ariodante at the English National Opera, King Arthur at Pariser Chatelêt, La wally and Mazeppa in the opera house of the Bregenz Festival, Rheingold in Tokyo, Three Sisters, Triumph der Liebe and Hamlet at the Berliner Schaubühne, Carmen and Ariadne auf Naxos in Bruxelles, Dreigroschenoper and Titus Andronicus at Playhouse Cologne, Intimate Exchanges in Berlin, Samson und Dalila and Rheingold in Glasgow, Elektra in Essen, Blaubarts Burg in Mannheim, Love of the three Oranges in Stuttgart, The Cherry Orchard and Libussa at the Salzburg Festival, Der Ring des Nibelungen in Amsterdam.

In 1997 Wolfgang Göbbel was nominated for the Lawrence Olivier Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Opera” (Best lighting design Tristan und Isolde at the English National Opera and Midsummer Marriage at the Royal Opera Covent Garden). His production of Schnitzler`s Le chemin solitaire won the french award named Molière for “Best Production”. Paul Bunyan and Tristan und Isolde won the Olivier Award for “Best Production” and King Arthur and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg the Evening Standard Award.

Wolfgang Göbbel creates set and light design, for example the production of Happy End at the Nottingham Playhouse and at the Opera North, Endgame at the Nottingham Playhouse and in Weimar (Kulturhauptstadt 1999), Time and the Room at the Edinburgh Festival and at the Nottingham Playhouse, Krapp’s Last Tape in Nottingham, Titus Andronicus in Cologne, Faust at the Volksoper in Vienna, Intimate Exchanges in Berlin and Hamburg.

In 1999, 2000 and 2001 Wolfgang Göbbel taught light design at the Theaterakademie August Everding in Munich.

Wolfgang Goebbel