Famed Stage Designer Of Vienna State Opera Gets Tribute Website

By David Salazar

Stage designer Johan Engels had a massive career in the opera world before his untimely death in 2014.

He worked with such companies as the Vienna State Opera, Opéra de Marseille, National Theatre of Norway, Bregenzer Festspiele, throughout his career in addition to numerous Broadway shows and the Royal Shakespeare Company, among others.

In honor of what would have been his 66th birthday, a website was launched to showcase his great talent. The website, www.johanengels.net, “aims to record and present a comprehensive overview of Engels’ body of work around the globe and provide a source for research and inspiration to future generations of theatre practitioners.”

The website features imagery from all of his major productions across a wide range of art forms. It also includes a famed article that Engels wrote on Götz Friedrich’s “Tristan und Isolde” from 1980 for Scenaria magazine.

The website remains a work in progress and its creators have made an open call asking any enthusiast of Engels’ work to send along any material that they could add in.

“Anybody with any material that might be of interest (photographs, costumes drawings, clippings, personal reminiscences – anything at all!) and who would be happy to contribute to the further development of the website: please contact the developer of the website, Iain C. Phillips via [email protected],” says the press release.