Since 1999, Okarina Peter and Timo Dentler have been working together as a team of stage and costume designers at venues such as the Semperoper Dresden, the Stuttgart State Opera under Klaus Zehelein, the Vienna Volksoper, the Graz Opera, the Schauspielhaus Zurich, the Hanover State Opera, the Wiesbaden State Theatre, the Saarbrücken State Theatre, the German Theater in Berlin, Bern Theatre, Lucerne Theater, the Nuremberg State Theatre, the Bonn Opera, the State Theatre at Gärtnerplatz in Munich and the Bregenz Festival.

Under the direction of Peter Konwitschny, they created the designs for „Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk“ at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen, „Idomeneo“ at the Theater Heidelberg, „Il Trovatore“ at the Staatstheater Nürnberg, and „Boris Godunov“ at the Gothenburg Opera House. For „Le vieux juif blonde“ directed by Volker Schlöndorff, they designed the set and costumes at the Théâtre des Mathurins in Paris. For the productions „Ball im Savoy“ at the Staatsoper Nürnberg and „Märchen im Grand Hotel“ at the Staatsoper Hannover, Okarina Peter and Timo Dentler designed the stage sets; both productions were awarded the BR-Klassik „Frosch“.

In 2020, they conceptualized and designed an exhibition under the title: „The World, a Space with Wings“ at the Stadthaus Ulm.

Recently, they completed the overall design for „Die Walküre,“ „Siegfried,“ and „Götterdämmerung,“ as part of the entire Ring Cycle at the Theater Klagenfurt (directed by Aron Stiehl), as well as „Salome“ at the Landestheater Innsbruck under the direction of Angela Denoke. In 2022, Timo Dentler and Okarina Peter developed the stage design for the internationally acclaimed world premiere of „Pah-Lak“ at the Tibet Theatre Dharamsala in India (directed by Lhakpa Tsering and Harald Fuhrmann), which subsequently opened a European tour at the Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen. For Stefan Huber, they designed numerous sets and costumes including „TITANIC“ and „Jesus Christ Superstar“ at the Bad Hersfeld Festival, as well as the set design for „Oh läck Du mir,“ which won the „Prix Walo Preis“ in Switzerland in 2020/22.

They also designed the stage and costume for the world premiere of the opera „Berlin Alexanderplatz“ at Theater Bielefeld, which was recently honored by „Der deutschen Bühne“ as the best interdisciplinary format of 2023 and was broadcast as a documentary on arte (directed by Wolfgang Nägele).

In 2009, 2011, 2013, 2016, and 2023, Okarina Peter and Timo Dentler were recognized by the magazine „Opernwelt“ as the best set designers, in 2011 and 2016 as the best costume designers of the year, and in 2023, they were nominated for the Austrian Music Theater Award for „best set design“.

Future projects will take them to the Theater an der Wien, back to the Staatsoper Hannover, as well as to the Semperoper Dresden, Musiktheater Linz, and the Graz Opera. For the Bonn Opera, they are designing set and costume for „Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg“.

The artists collaborate with stage directors like: Nicholas Broadhurst, Angela Denoke, Harald Fuhrmann, Michael Heicks, Stefan Huber, Immo Karaman, Peter Konwitschny, Nadja Loschky, Ulrich Mokrusch, Wolfgang Nägele, Volker Schlöndorff, Felix Seiler, Aron Stiehl, Tomo Sugao, Walter Sutcliffe, Christian Thausing, Manfred Weiß and Klaus Zehelein.

Timo Dentler Okarina Peter

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Okarina Peter was a student for set and costume design of Professor Karl Kneidl starting 1994 at the Düsseldorf Arts Academy. In 1999 he became Karl Kneidl’s master student. Parallel to her studies she made several productions with Dimiter Gotscheff and Peter Zadek and worked as an assistant at the Düsseldorf Theatre, the Munich Kammerspiele and the Vienna Festival.

Timo Dentler studied the Arts at the Düsseldorf Arts Academy set and costume design with Professor Karl Kneidl from 1990 to 1999. In 1999 he became Karl Kneidl’s master student. 1996 Timo Dentler got the Markus-Lüperts award of the Dusseldorf Arts Academy. From 1992- 98 he worked as an assistant at the Berliner Ensemble, the Francfurt Opera, the Vienna festival and at the Kammerspiele Munich. In these years he made several productions with Peter Zadek.


Theater Baden-Baden
Bad Hersfelder Festspiele
Theater Bielefeld
Oper Bonn
Copenhagen Opera House
Oper Dortmund
Semperoper Dresden
Staatsoperette Dresden
Gothenburg opera house
Händelfestspiele Göttingen
Graz Opera
Staatstheater Hannover
Theater Heidelberg
Landestheater Innsbruck
Theater Die Komödianten Kiel
Theater Klagenfurt
Oper Leipzig
Theater Lübeck
Philharmonie Luxembourg
Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen
Staatstheater Nürnberg
Theater Osnabrück
Theater Regensburg
Thêatre des Mathurins, Paris
Stadthaus Ulm
Vienna Volksoper
Staatstheater Wiesbaden