Austrian-born Ferdinand Wögerbauer, who makes his LA Opera debut, designs regularly for dance, theater and opera. Until 2003, he was head of the set department at the Salzburg Festival, where he created numerous productions that have included Jenůfa with director Bob Swaim and Rossini’s Moïse et Pharaon with director Jürgen Flimm.
He has frequently collaborated with director Peter Stein, with productions of operas that have included Don Giovanni at the Lyric Opera of Chicago; Tchaikovsky’s Mazeppa at the Opéra National de Lyon and the Edinburgh International Festival; Eugene Onegin, The Queen of Spades and Berg’s Lulu at the Opéra National de Lyon; Lulu and Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero for La Scala in Milan and the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam; Macbeth at the Salzburg Festival and Rome Opera; and Shostakovich’s The Nose for the Zürich Opera. His work in theater has included productions of Uncle Vanya (Rome, Moscow, Parma, Edinburgh); The Seagull (Edinburgh, Riga); Goethe’s Faust 1 (EXPO 2000 Hannover, Berlin, Vienna); David Harrowes’s Blackbird (Edinburgh, London); Raimund’s Der Alpenkönig und Menschenfeind (Salzburg Festival); Troilus and Cressida (Edinburgh, Royal Shakespeare Company Stratford); Medea (Syracuse, Epidaurus); Schiller’s Wallenstein (Berlin); Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus (Salzburg Festival, Berlin); and Dostoevsky’s The Demons (European tour, Lincoln Center Festival). He has designed several productions choreographed by John Neumeier for the Hamburg Ballet (Messiah, Christmas Oratorio, Orpheus and Liliom) and he has also worked with Claudio Abbado at the Philharmonie in Berlin. He recently designed Boris Godunov at the Metropolitan Opera.