2015–16 Season: Production Designer of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Vicki Mortimer is making her San Francisco Opera debut with Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Trained at London’s Slade School of Fine Art, the British designer has a career in both theater and opera, working extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Almeida Theatre, Young Vic, and Donmar Warehouse. Among her most acclaimed designs have been for plays of Beckett, Ibsen, and Chekhov at the RSC; Stoppard, Chekhov, and Lorca at the National; The Wild Duck and The Real Thing at the Donmar; Closer by Patrick Marber at the National, in the West End, and on Broadway; and 1953 and Heartbreak House at the Almeida. She made her Royal Opera, Covent Garden debut in 2013 with George Benjamin’s Written on Skin and returns this season for Lucia di Lammermoor. Her other opera designs include Jenůfa and Káťa Kabanová at Welsh National Opera, The Turn of the Screw at Scottish Opera, and David Leveaux’s production of Salome at English National Opera. With Leveaux, she has worked extensively in Japan, where she is the head of design for Theatre Project Tokyo. Mortimer has also collaborated with choreographer Wayne McGregor for works created for the Royal Ballet, Random Dance, Paris Opéra Ballet, and Netherlands Dance Theater.