ERHARD ROM (Set Design) has designed over 150 productions across North America and was the designer of Vancouver Opera’s highly acclaimed 2010 Canadian Premiere of John Adam’s opera Nixon in China. The production will also be seen at the San Francisco Opera in 2012 and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City in the same year. Several of his designs have been featured in the Prague Quadrennial, internationally recognized as the most important Scenographic and Architectural exhibition in the world. He has been responsible for many world premieres throughout the country including the 2011 Glimmerglass Festival production of A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck with music by Jeanine Tesori and libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner. He has worked with many leading directors including: Francesca Zambello, Nicholas Muni, Leon Major, Lillian Groag, Colin Graham, James Robinson, Rhoda Levine, Thaddeus Strassberger and Michael Cavanagh, just to name a few.
Among his many Operatic credits are productions of the following: Jane Eyre, The Rape of Lucretia, Carmen, Faust and La Boheme for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Sweeney Todd,, Don Pasquale, Alcina, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cosi fan Tutte and Ariadne auf Naxos for Wolf Trap Opera, Don Giovanni, Susannah, The Tales of Hoffmann and Aida for Virginia Opera, Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Widow and Rusalka for Minnesota Opera. His work includes numerous engagements with all of these companies. For the Wolf Trap Opera company alone, he has designed seventeen new productions. Other Opera Companies he has designed for include; Opera Colorado, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Boston, Opéra de Montréal, Atlanta Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Kentucky Opera, Opera Cleveland, Curtis Institute of Music, San Francisco Opera Center, Manhattan School of Music, The Oklahoma Mozart Festival and BARD Summerscape among many others.
In the Theatre his work has been regularly featured at Syracuse Stage and Geva Theatre Center in upstate New York. Other Theatre Companies he has worked for include: Indiana Repertory Theatre, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Interact Theatre, and the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington DC.
He received the tribute to classical arts award for creative achievement in Opera in 1999 and 2003 for his work at the New Orleans Opera including the world premiere of the opera Pontalba by Thea Musgrave.
Mr. Rom received his M.F.A. in Scene Design from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and his BA in Music from the University of Washington. He is a member of USA Local 829. Originally from Seattle Washington, he now lives in Maplewood NJ just outside of New York City and is an Assistant Professor at Montclair State University where he teaches Production and Design in the Department of Theatre and Dance.