Michael Bauer was born in Munich and has worked at the Bayerische Staatsoper since 1980, which he first joined as a trainee; since 1998 he has been Head Lighting Designer. Starting in 1993, he has taught theatre and stage lighting at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. Bauer’s works at the Bayerische Staatsoper include the lighting for such productions as Tosca, Don Carlo, Die Fledermaus, L’elisir d’amore, Tristan und Isolde, Jenůfa, Die Zauberflöte, Der Fliegende Holländer and Boris Godunov. Has collaborated with theatres of Hamburg, Paris, Madrid, San Francisco, New York, Milan, Antwerp, Basel, Geneva, Athens, St Petersburg. Michael Bauer has designed the lighting for Yannis Kokkos’s productions of Nabucco, Der Fliegende Holländer and Otello.