Biography

Harald B. Thor

Current as of August 2019

Harald B. Thor studied set and costume design at the Mozarteum in his native 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 his Bavarian Theatre Academy in Munich. In addition to his many designs for Munich’s Prinzregententheater, he has also created 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 Dresden Staatsschauspiel, the Akademietheater and Residenztheater in Munich, the Zurich Schauspielhaus and the Vienna Burgtheater, where his designs for Gorky’s Vassa Zheleznova won the coveted Nestroy Theatre Award in 2016.

Harald B. Thor has also designed the sets for numerous works of music theatre in Berlin, Dresden, Frankfurt, Havana, Seoul, Tokyo and Munich. Between 2002 and 2004 he was the artistic director on several opera productions at the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. In 2009 he designed the sets for Die Zauberflöte at the Gran Teatro in Havana and worked with the distinguished Cuban artist Kcho on the sets for Der fliegende Holländer at the Teatro Nacional de Cuba.

In the music theatre, too, Harald B. Thor has for many years worked closely with Andreas Kriegenburg. In 2014 he designed the sets for Kriegenburg’s production of Die Soldaten at the Bavarian State Opera. His designs won the Faust Theatre Award. He additionally designed the sets for Kriegenburg’s Munich productions of Wozzeck (2008) and Rigoletto (2013), both of which were also seen at the New National Theatre in Tokyo. Their staging of the Ring was mounted in Munich in 2012. They first worked together at the Salzburg Festival on Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District in 2017.

In 2018/19 Harald B. Thor designed the sets for Kriegenburg’s productions of Les Huguenots at the Paris Opéra, Widmann’s Babylon at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and Ibsen’s Peer Gynt at the Frankfurt Schauspiel.

 

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