Peter Halbsgut Lighting Design

Born in Werdohl in Westphalia in 1954, Peter Halbsgut studied lighting techniques at the University of Hamburg and is counted among the best lighting designers in Germany. He began working as a student to the renowned Erich Falk at the Frankfurt Opera in 1977. He remained there as Assistant Lighting Director from 1987 to 1990 and then was Lighting Director for three years after that. During this time he designed the lighting for many works, including Der Wald (directed by Adolf Dresen), The Magic Flute (directed by Wolfgang Weber) and Troades (directed by Kurt Horres). He cooperated with William Forsythe on Artifact, LDC and The Loss of Small Details. Peter Halbsgut left the Frankfurt Opera to become the Lighting Director at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, where he worked for four years. While there, he created the lighting designs for Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (directed by Volker Schlöndorff ), The Damnation of Faust and The Bartered Bride (both operas directed by Thomas Langhoff), The Young Lord (directed by Günter Krämer), Parsifal (directed by Peter Konwitschny), Anna Bolena (directed by Jonathan Miller) and Schlachthof 5 (directed by Elke Gramms).

He designed the lighting for The Soldier’s Tale at the Walkenried Monastery, for Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at the Leipzig Opera and for the Rossini-Festival in Frankfurt, for La Bohème at the Chiemgau Opera Festival, for The Comedy of Errors at the Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin as well as for the 2002/2003 Germany tour of The Birdseller.

Peter Halbsgut has worked at some of the most renowned theatres and opera houses in the world. In June 1990 he designed the lighting for Tosca at the Opéra de Montpellier, in June 1991 for A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Tel Aviv Opera House, for Venus & Adonis in Genoa at the Teatro Carlo Felice and 1997/98 for Porgy & Bess at the Bregenz

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