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M I C H A E L   S I M O N 

is a german designer and director for ballet, drama and opera. His designs have been seen all over the world from Australia to Canada and the US, from Japan to China and throughout Europe. He has worked for many years with the choreographers Jiri Kylian and  William Forsythe. The titles of some of the works are Isabel's DanceImpressing the CzarLimb's Theorem , Kaguyahime, Stepping Stones, Whereabouts Unknown, Wings of Wax, Arcimboldo, One of a kind, Doux Messonges and Zugvögel. His working relationship as stage designer with Pierre Audi, director of the Amsterdam Opera started in 1990 with Monteverdi's Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria  and continued until 2011 with the production of the two Iphigenie operas by Gluck. Amongst other designs the most important were Writing to Vermeer, directed by Peter Greenaway and Saskia Boddecke in the Amsterdam opera, Wozzeck at the Brussels opera, directed by David Freemann, Claudel's drama Tête d'or directed by Anne Delbee at Comédie Française, Paris, The Peony Pavilion, a ballet with choreography by Fei Bo directed by Li Liuyi for the National Ballet of China, Beijing. Michael Simon started directing his own projects with Elements of Crime (1988) at the Nederlands Dans Theater, Newtons Casino (1990), Roman Dogs(1991) - together with composer Heiner Goebbels - for Theater am Turm in Frankfurt and produced two Ballets for the Bayrischische Staatsoper In the country of last things 2006 an Der Gelbe Klang in 2014.  The first opera he directed 1993 in Basel: Die Menschen, followed by Fliegender Holländer in Darmstadt and Moses and Aron in Bremen. At the Bonn opera he directed several contemporary operas between 1998 and 2002. He staged the world premiere of “L espace dernier” by Matthias Pintscher 2004 at the Paris Opera Bastille. His latest opera productions were Salome in Braunschweig and Freyschütz in Bern both 2013. Since his debut as drama director with Black Rider  1994 in Dortmund he has been invited to theaters like Schaubühne Berlin, Volksbühne Berlin, Burgtheater Wien, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Residenztheater München. Since 2005 he directed several plays by Elfriede Jelinek and Peter Handke in Karlsruhe, Freiburg and Graz where Immer noch Sturm was opening in February 2014. The latest production was in 2015 Das Schweigende Mädchen in Dortmund. Michael Simon has been teaching stage and lighting design 1998 to 2004 as Professor at HfG Karlsruhe and since 2008 at ZHdK Zurich. In 2016 he has given guest lectures at the National Academy of Chinese Theater Arts in Beijing. 2017: Stage design for KING LEAR, directed by Li Liuyi, NCPA Beijing, China link:  National Center for Performing Arts and Stage design for "Dunhuang, the light of heart"  choreography by Fei Bo for National Ballet of China, Beijing, Tian Qiao Theater. Youtube


NEWS - - - - - - -  KING LEAR is back on stage at National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing  January 20th-28th link








Bühnenbild und Licht zu STADT DER BLINDEN von Anno Schreier im Opernhaus Zürich. Regie Stephan Müller

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Bühnenbild zu IPHIGENIE AUF TAURIS von C.W.Gluck in der Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam. Regie Pierre Audi

Die Spielflächen stehen in verschiedenen Ebenen auf dem Orchestergraben. Das Orchester, der Chor und Teil der Zuschauer sitzen auf der Bühne.

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Bühnenbild und Licht zu WRITING TO VERMEER von Louis Andriessen und Peter Greenaway an der Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam.

Regie Peter Greenaway und Sasikia Bodecke

Die Bühnenfläche von 12x8m schwebt über einer Wasserfläche und ist nur über je 3 Zugbrücken von Links und

Rechts zu erreichen. Video auf Youtube


Bühnenbild zu ALICE von Alexander Knaifel an der Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam Regie Pierre Audi