German opera mourns a leading designer

German opera mourns a leading designer


norman lebrecht

October 28, 2020

Gabriele Jaenecke, one of Germany’s most respected costume and stage designers, has died at 68.

She contributed to more than 150 opera productions, working with directors worked with directors Andreas Homoki, Johannes Schaaf, Ludger Engels and, latterly, Nadja Loschky. She also taught design at Berlin’s Hanns Eisler academy.





  • JR says:

    The finest friend and inspiring colleague anyone could wish to know.

  • Zenaida says:

    Always full of ideas and inspiration, warm-hearted and a real Mensch, so sorry to hear that she has gone…

  • Papageno says:

    Major opera houses should have their own resident designers instead of hiring these independent weirdo directors to stage trashy productions. San Francisco Opera did in the 1990’s and it was wonderful (Tosca, Rosenkav, etc.)

  • Peter San Diego says:

    Another great opera set designer, Ming Cho Lee, died last week. Condolences to the Jaenecke and Lee families.