Swiss-born Andreas Grüter studied lighting design at the August Everding Theatre Academy in Munich. As a freelance designer, he has created lighting designs for productions at the Munich Staatsschauspiel, the Opéra de Marseille, Welsh National Opera, the Vienna Volksoper, the Theater an der Wien, Dutch Touring Opera, Scottish Opera in Glasgow, the Mannheim State Theatre, the Bonn Opera, the Hungarian National Opera, the Teatro Pérez Galdós on Gran Canaria, the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Opéra national de Lorraine in Nancy and many other houses as well as the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt, the Budapest Wagner Festival (Der Ring des Nibelungen) and the Lucerne Festival. He first worked at the Salzburg Festival in 2002, when he designed the lighting for Joachim Schlömer’s Senza fine.
For the Bayreuth Festival he designed the lighting for Katharina Wagner’s production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Additionally he has designed the light-ing for Moses und Aron and Elektra at the Vienna State Opera, for Rusalka at the Frankfurt Opera and for Le Vin herbé, Moses und Aron, Samir Odeh-Tamimi’s Leila und Madschnun and, in 2011, Willy Decker’s production of Tristan und Isolde at the Ruhrtriennale. Andreas Grüter has been head of lighting at the Cologne Opera since 2010. He first worked with Andreas Kriegenburg on Les Huguenots at the Paris Opéra in 2018. Simon Boccanegra marks his second such collaboration.