Hildegard Bechtler was born in Stuttgart, trained at Camberwell and Central St. Martin’s Schools and now lives and works in London.
Most recently, Hildegard designed the set and costumes for Orestie at the Schauspiel in Stuttgart, Mary Stuart at the Duke of York's, Mood Music at the Old Vic, Oedipus for the Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Antony and Cleopatra at the National Theatre, and Hamlet directed by Robert Icke and starring Andrew Scott at the Almeida Theatre which then transferred to the Harold Pinter Theatre.
Opera work includes: The Exterminating Angel (Salzburg Festival / Royal Opera House Covent Garden / The Metropolitan Opera New York / Royal Danish Opera); La finta giardiniera and The Letter (Santa Fe Opera); La Traviata; La Cenerentola; Don Giovanni (Glyndebourne Opera Festival); The Makropulos Case (Edinburgh International Festival / Opera North); The Damnation of Faust (English National Opera, De Vlaamse, Teatro Massimo, Palermo); Dido and Aeneas (La Scala & Royal Opera House); Acis & Galatea, Paul Bunyan (Royal Opera House); War and Peace, Boris Godunov, Lohengrin, Peter Grimes (English National Opera); Werther, Madam Butterfly, Kat’a Kabanova, Wozzeck, Don Carlos (Opera North) Peter Grimes, Simon Boccanegra (Munich); La Wally (Amsterdam, Bregenz); Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (Opera Australia, winner 2009 Green Room Awards for Best Set Design); Dialogues Des Carmelites (Seito Kinen Fesitval, Opera National de Paris, Washington National Opera); The Ring Cycle (Scottish Opera, Edinburgh Festival)
Theatre includes: Consent; Waste; Sunset at Villa Thalia; A Taste of Honey; Scenes from an Execution; After The Dance; Harper Regan; The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other; The Hothouse; Therese Raquin; Exiles; Iphigenia at Aulis; The Merchant of Venice; Richard II; King Lear (National Theatre) Primo (National Theatre / Broadway); Hamlet, Mary Stuart, Richard III; Uncle Vanya; Oresteia; Rosmersholm; The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? (Almeida Theatre); Teddy Ferrara; Roots; Trelawny of the Wells (Donmar Warehouse); Cause Celebre; All About My Mother; Richard II (Old Vic); The Seagull; Now or Later; Krapp’s Last Tape; Terrorism; My Name is Rachel Corrie; Blasted (Royal Court); The Crucible; Electra (Royal Shakespeare Company); The Jewish Wife (Young Vic).
Theatre in the West End includes: Mary Stuart; Hamlet; Oresteia; Good People; Passion Play; Old Times; Top Hat (also world tour); The Sunshine Boys; Arcadia; Blithe Spirit; The Misanthrope; Hedda Gabler; The Crucible; The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?; The Master Builder.
Theatre in the US includes: The Sunshine Boys (Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles); Arcadia; Primo; The Seagull (Broadway); My Name is Rachel Corrie (Off-Broadway);
Film includes: Richard III; Primo; Krapp’s Last Tape, Richard II, Hedda Gabler.
Hildegard won an Olivier Award in 2011 for her design of After the Dance and received nominations for Top Hat in 2012 and Oresteia in 2016. She was nominated for the Evening Standard Best Designer Award for Iphigenia at Aulis and won the Australian Green Room Award for Best Opera Design for Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at Sydney Opera House.