Sydney Opera House

Wolfgang Goebbel


The German lighting designer Wolfgang Goebbel is working 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 operahouse of the Bregenz Festival, "Rheingold" in Tokyo, "Three Sisters ", "Triumph der Liebe" und "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 the terms of 1999, 2000 and 2001 Wolfgang Göbbel taught light design at the Theaterakademie August Everding in Munich. In 2001 he lit Purcell's "King Arthur" in the frame of the Academy in the Prinzregententheater.

Among his future projects shall be cited the "Ring"-cycles at the Edinburgh Festival and the New National Theatre Tokyo. Moreover he plans new productions of "La bohème", "Of Mice and Men", "Il trovatore", "Ariodante", "Tarfuffe", "Aida", "Julietta", "Les troyens" and "Norma".