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Rainer Sellmaier

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Rainer Sellmaier studied art history and theatre sciences in Munich as well as stage and costume design at the Mozarteum Salzburg. In 2006–09 he was employed as the principal stage and costume designer at Theater Regensburg. Since 2002 he has been working in an ongoing collaboration with the director Tobias Kratzer, with whom he has done productions at the Bavarian Theatre Academy (Brecht/Weill’s “The Seven Deadly Sins”, Verdi’s “La traviata”), Theater Heidelberg (Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte”), Opera Graz (Bellini’s “La Sonnambula”), Theater Bremen (Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier”), Lucerne Theater (Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena”), Staatstheater Nürnberg (Meyerbeer’s “Les Huguenots”), the German National Theatre Weimar (Wagner’s “Lohengrin”), Stadttheater Klagenfurt (Kálmán’s “Die Csárdásfürstin”), Opera Leipzig (Händel’s “Admeto”), Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe (Tüür’s “Wallenberg”), Schauspielhaus Graz (Grillparzer’s “Woe to him who lies!”) and Wermland Opera (Verdi’s “Rigoletto” and a “Revolution Trilogy”, consisting of Rossini’s “Il barbiere di Siviglia”, Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro” and Beethoven’s “Fidelio”, 2014). He also created the sets and costumes for Theater Augsburg (Chabrier’s “L’Etoile”), Oper Graz (Straus “A Waltz Dream”) and Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe (Schwemmer’s “Robin Hood”), where he is also in charge of the design of the annual Opera Ball since 2012. For Gluck’s “Telemaco” (2011) at the Schwetzingen Festival and Theater Basel he was nominated as the “Set Designer of the Year” in the Yearbook of the magazine “Opernwelt”, for Wagner’s “Tannhäuser” (2011) at Theater Bremen and “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” (2014) at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe he was nominated as “Costume Designer of the Year”.

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