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Joachim Klein

Lighting Designer

Joachim Klein
© Wolfgang Runkel

Joachim Klein, who has been working as a lighting designer and lighting master at Oper Frankfurt since 1994, became head of the lighting department in 2013.  Guest engagements, with directors including Peter Konwitschny, Christof Loy, Willy Decker and Johannes Erath have taken him to places including the Salzburg Easter Festival, Graz (La traviata, Pique Dame and Elektra), Göteborg (Lucrezia Borgia), the Hamburg State Opera (The Cunning Little Vixen), Teatro Real in Madrid (Werther) and English National Opera in London (La traviata). Recent productions lit by Joachim Klein have included Riehm's Sirenen, L’incoronazione di Poppea, Cesti's L’Orontea, Euryanthe, Martinů's Drei Einakter/Three One Act Operas, Lachenmann's Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern / Little Match Girl, Verdi's Stiffelio, Handel's Radamisto and Carmen at Oper Frankfurt, Der feurige Engel/The Firey Angel (directed by Barrie Kosky) at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and Un ballo in maschera (directed by Johannes Erath). His productions in Frankfurt this season are Handel's Rinaldo in the Bockenheimer Depot, the world premiere of Arnulf Hermann's Der Mieter/The Tenant (commissioned by Oper Frankfurt), Capriccio and Aus einem Totenhaus/From the House of the Dead. He received a British »Knight of Illumination Award« in 2014 for his lighting of Oper Frankfurt's Kosky production of Herzog Blaubarts Burg/Bluebeard's Castle and another in 2016, for Saul (Kosky again) at the Glyndebourne Festival, for which he also received the 2017 Australian Helpmann Award for best lighting design.