The lighting designer Stefan Bolliger was born in Zurich. He initially worked as a freelance lighting technician before being hired as a lighting technician at Hamburg's Thalia Theatre in 1995. From 1997 to 2006 he was deputy lighting inspector there. He was then head of the lighting department at the Schauspielhaus of the Staatstheater Stuttgart until 2010 and also designed the lighting for numerous productions by Andreas Kriegenburg. He regularly works with Tatjana Gürbaca, Hans Neuenfels and Michael Thalheimer. As a freelance lighting designer, he gives guest performances internationally at renowned opera houses such as the State Operas in Vienna, Berlin, Munich and Hamburg, the Semperoper Dresden, Oper Leipzig, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Den Norske Opera & Ballet in Oslo, Theater Basel, New National Theatre Tokyo, the National Theatres in Mannheim and Prague, Theater an der Wien, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and at De Nationale Opera Amsterdam and the Grand Théâtre de Genève, among others. He is also a regular guest at the Salzburg Festival.
At the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Stefan Bolliger has already designed the lighting for "Otello" (Verdi), "Arabella" (R. Strauss), "Maria Stuarda" (Donizetti) and for Tchaikovsky's "Queen of Spades" and "Swan Lake". Most recently, he was responsible for the lighting design of Janáček's "Katja Kabanova" (director: Tatjana Gürbaca) and Verdi's "Macbeth" (director: Michael Thalheimer). In the 2023/24 season, the lighting designer will return to Düsseldorf for Wagner's "Parsifal", Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin" and Janáček's "Jenůfa".