Gottfried Pilz

Stage/Costume Designer


Up to now, Gottfried Pilz’ career focused on the music theatre of the 20th and 21st century with first productions and various revivals of “forgotten works” such as for instance the world premiere of Zemlinsky’s DER KÖNIG KANDAULES in Hamburg, Krenek’s DER SPRUNG ÜBER DEN SCHATTEN, Schreker’s IRRELOHE and DER SINGENDE TEUFEL (Bielefeld), Halevy’s LA JUIVE in Bielefeld, Vienna, Tel Aviv and at the Metropolitan Opera New York, Meyerbeer’s DIE HUGENOTTEN in Berlin and London, Poulencs DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES in Berlin and Cologne or Enescu’s OEDIPE in Berlin, at the Vienna State Opera and in Bucarest. He worked at almost all major opera houses in Europe, in St. Petersburg, Moscow and in the USA.


He also designed for Hollywood director William Friedkin (“The Exorcist”/”French Connection”) Bartok’s DUKE BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE as a double bill with GIANNI SCHICCHI by Puccini, Kent Nagano conducting. He also designed the opening production of the Salzburg Festival 2003, DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG at the Munich Opera Festival, the world premiere of Christian Jost’s VIPERN at Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf and WOZZECK with Olivier Tambosi in Mannheim.


The while he started new activities as a director in the early nineties, he made his US debut in this field on the occasion of the opening of the Domingo era in Los Angeles with Tchaikovsky’s DAME OF SPADES, with Placido Domingo as Hermann and Valery Gergiev conducting. He caused a sensation with his project of death IN HORA MORTIS by H.J.v. Bose/Th. Bernhard as a double bill with Franz Schmidt’s DAS BUCH MIT

7 SIEGELN (Bielefeld), with the German premiere of Olivier Messiaën’s

ST-FRANCOIS D’ASSISE at Opera Leipzig, Richard Wagner’s THE VALKYRIE in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Peter Ruzicka’s opera CELAN (Mainz), Ravel’s L’ENFANTT ET LES SORTILÈGES and Zemlinsky’s DER ZWERG in St. Gallen, Richard Strauss’ EGYPTIAN HELENA in Essen and Richard Wagner’s FLYING DUTCHMAN in Mainz.


He worked for Gustav Rudolf Sellner, Boreslav Barlog, John Dew, Eike Gramss, Stephan Herheim, Kurt Horres, Günter Krämer, Thomas Langhoff, Nikolaus Lehnhoff, Christine Mielitz, George Tabori, Olivier Tambosi and Götz Friedrich. With the latter he realized the first complete RING by Richard Wagner at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki.


Gottfried Pilz also created children’s books and came to the fore with numerous expositions.



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