Biography

Harald B. Thor

Current as of August 2019

Harald B. Thor studied set and costume design at the Mozarteum in his home town of Salzburg. After an initial engagement at the Coburg Landestheater, he joined the Bavarian State Opera in Munich in 1984 and two years later became its head of design. In 1999 August Everding appointed him head of design and lecturer in stage design at the Bavarian Theatre Academy. In addition to his many designs for the Munich Prinzregententheater, he also created the designs for theatres in Berlin, Mannheim, Vienna, Basel, Zurich, Moscow and Seoul.

Since 2001 Harald B. Thor has worked as a freelance designer. In the spoken theatre most of his set and costume designs have been for productions directed by Andreas Kriegenburg. Their work has been seen at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin, the Thalia Theatre in Hamburg, the Frankfurt Schauspiel, the Hanover Schauspiel, the Munich Akademietheater and Residenztheater, the Zurich Schauspielhaus and the Vienna Burgtheater, where his set designs for Gorky’s Vassa Zheleznova earned him the coveted Nestroy Theatre Prize in 2016.

Much of Harald B. Thor’s work is focused on music theatre, in which capacity he has designed the sets for productions by many distinguished opera directors in Berlin, Dresden, Frankfurt, Seoul, Tokyo and Munich. At the Bavarian State Opera he designed the sets for a production of Die Soldaten in 2014 that won the Faust Theatre Award, as well as Wozzeck (2008), which was a co-production with the New National Theatre in Tokyo, the Ring (2012) and Rigoletto (2013).

Between 2002 and 2004 Harald B. Thor was the artistic director of several opera productions for the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. In 2009 he designed the sets for Die Zauberflöte at the Gran Teatro in Havana. Together with the well-known Cuban artist Kcho he also designed the sets for Der fliegende Holländer at the Teatro Nacional de Cuba.

In the field of musicals he works principally with Stefan Huber.

Harald B. Thor is also scenic art supervisor for Walt Disney Productions and as an architect has designed a number of concert halls and exhibitions.

Current as of July 2017

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