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Pet Halmen (1943-2012)

Director, set, costume and lighting designer of Die Zauberflöte

At the Opéra de Lausanne: costumes for Lucio Silla and Idomeneo (1982), Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Mitridate (1985), Turandot (1989), direction, set design, costumes and lights for Die Zauberflöte (2010).

German director and designer Pet Halmen was active in many artistic fields. Trained in theatre set design at the Deutsch Oper Berlin, he assisted many designers on stages in Düsseldorf, Munich and Schwetzingen. He then went on to work as a costume and set designer at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf. His work with Jean-Pierre Ponnelle received international recognition, for example for their legendary Monteverdi Cycle at the Zurich Opera in 1975 or L’elisir d’amore at the Hamburg Staatsoper.

Pet Halmen designed the costumes for Götz Friedrich's film production of Elektra (1981). Beginning in 1986, alongside his work as set and costume designer, he directed productions in New York, Paris, Toulouse, Nice, Tokyo, Pretoria, Santiago de Chile, Madrid, Vienna,… He also made a name for himself as a graphic designer, producing theatre posters for instance, including those of the Opéra de Lausanne's productions (2005-2006, 2006-2007 and 2008-2009 seasons). Several of his designs received awards or recognition, for example the cover of the 45 CD box sets of Mozart's complete works, released by Philips Classics (1991).

Productions he directed include Orphée et Eurydice, La clemenza di Tito, Turandot, Nabucco, La sonnambula, Faust by Philippe Fénelon, Giocasta by Johann Hugo von Wilderer, Aida, Salome, Don Giovanni, Goethe's rare play entitled Der Grosskophta and last but not least, Die Zauberflöte.