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Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. (FH)

Henrik Ahr

Univ.-Prof. for Stage DesignDepartment ScenographySpot On MozART
German set designer and painter Henrik Ahr first studied architecture in Leipzig and was active as a freelance artist before designing his first set designs for the Neue Szene in 2000. Shortly thereafter, he developed set designs for a stage adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's novel "Fight Club" at the Theaterhaus Jena. Most recently, Henrik Ahr staged the set design for the acclaimed production of "Katia Kabanova" (Leoš Janáček) directed by Tatjana Gürbaca at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva.
He works continuously with Tatjana Gürbaca and Christof Loy as well as with the Slovenian director Mateja Koležnik, who invited the set designer to Ljubljana for Brecht, Mann and Schönherr projects. At the Komische Oper Berlin, Henrik Ahr and Anisha Bondy premiered the fairy tale opera "The Snow Queen" by Pierangelo Valtinoni, highly praised by the critics and enthusiastically received by the audience. The new production of Philip Glass' Gandhi opera "Satyagraha" in 2017, staged by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui at the Theater Basel, a co-production with the Komische Oper in Berlin and the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp, was also a great success with press and audiences alike. Henrik Ahr has been teaching as Univ.-Prof. for stage design at the Mozarteum University and heads the department for scenography.


2001: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk - Theaterhaus Jena
2002: Liebelei by Arthur Schnitzler - Thalia Theater Hamburg, director: Michael Thalheimer
2006: Rose Bernd by Gerhart Hauptmann - Thalia Theater Hamburg, director: Michael Thalheimer
2007: Herr Puntila and his servant Matti by Bertolt Brecht – Thalia Theater Hamburg, director: Michael Thalheimer
2009: The Petite Bourgeois Wedding by Bertolt Brecht – Drama Ljubljana, director: Mateja Koležnik
2010: The Exchange by Paul Claudel – Schauspielhaus Zurich, director: Christof Loy
2011: The Robbers by Friedrich Schiller – Drama Frankfurt, Director: Enrico Lübbe
2011: The Weibdeufel by Karl Schönherr - Drama Ljubljana, Director: Mateja Koležnik
2014: The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann - Drama Ljubljana, Director: Mateja Koležnik
2005: Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi – Theater Basel, director: Michael Thalheimer
2008: Intermezzo by Richard Strauss – Theater an der Wien, director: Christof Loy
2009: Lucrezia Borgia by Gaetano Donizetti – Bavarian State Opera, director: Christof Loy
2010: The Snow Queen by Pierangelo Valtinoni - world premiere, Komische Oper Berlin, director: Anisha Bondy
2013: La forza del destino by Giuseppe Verdi – Vlaamse Opera, Antwerp, director: Michael Thalheimer (also in Luxembourg)
2013: Fidelio by Ludwig van Beethoven – Zurich Opera, directed by Andreas Homoki
2013: Parsifal by Richard Wagner – Vlaamse Opera, Antwerp, directed by Tatjana Gürbaca
2014: Leucippo by Johann Adolph Hasse – Schwetzingen Festival, director: Tatjana Gürbaca (also at the Cologne Opera)
2015: La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi – Den Norske Opera, Oslo, directed by Tatjana Gürbaca
2016: Capriccio by Richard Strauss – Theater an der Wien, director: Tatjana Gürbaca
2016: Otello by Giuseppe Verdi – Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf, director: Michael Thalheimer
2017: Satyagraha by Philip Glass – Theater Basel, director: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (also at the Komische Oper Berlin and in Antwerp)
2015 "as you like it" - 1Blick. Art in the front building, Hallein
2021 "35th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster on 04/26/1986" – 1Blick. Art in the vestibule, Hallein, Austria
2003: Invitation to the  Berlin Theater Meeting  (for  Liebelei, Hamburg) 2011: Borštnikova Theater Prize for the best stage design in Slovenia (for  The Weibdeufel, Ljubljana)
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