Bernd Purkrabek studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München (Lichtgestaltung).
Bernd is working internationally on Opera, Drama, and Dance. His atmospheric lighting design has been featured in many theatres, stylistically ranging from the darkest drama to the most sensitive minimalism.
He worked in Theatres/Festivals such as: De Nationale Opera Amsterdam, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Theater an der Wien, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Schauspiel Köln, Wiener Festwochen, Glyndebourne Festival, Vlaamse Opera, Grand Theatre de Geneva, Opernhaus Zürich, Wiener Staatsoper, Wiener Taschenoper, Staatsoper Hamburg, Theatre de Champs-Elysées, Palais Garnier, Opera de St. Etienne, Opera National de Lorraine, Opernhaus & Ballett Graz, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Oper Frankfurt, New National Theatre Tokyo, Festspielhaus Baden Baden, Liceu Barcelona, Theatre du Capitole Toulouse, Kungliga Operan Stockholm, Oslo Operan, Theater im Bahnhof, Tanztendenz, Akademietheater München, Schwere Reiter München, Team Odratek, Opera du Rhin and many others.
He developed the lighting design in collaboration with the artistic team in numerous productions. Productions worth mentioning include: Der Prinz von Homburg, I vespri siciliani, Macbeth, Jenufa, La fanciulla del West, Charodejka and Peter Grimes all directed by Christof Loy; Lazarus, SehnsuchtMeer, Saul and Jephtha directed by Claus Guth; Der Ferne Klang and Der fliegende Holländer directed by Florentine Klepper; Suster Bertken and Troparion both directed by Pierre Audi; Kontrapunkt choreographed by Jörg Weinöhl, Cosi fan tutte, Rosenkavalier and the double bill Eine Florentinische Tragödie/Gianni Schicchi with director Jan Philipp Gloger, Queen of spades with director Stefan Herheim, Don Pasquale and Agrippina directed with Mariame Clément, La divisione del mondo by Giovanni Legrenzi with director Jetske Mijnssen, Orlando (Händel) with director Claus Guth, Rusalka with director Nicola Raab, La Vestale with director Johannes Erath and Königskinder with director Frank Hilbrich.
He was nominated for the Knight of Illumination Award 2017 for Cosi fan tutte at the Royal Opera House London.