Born in Salzburg, Christof Hetzer studied in Vienna with Erich Wonder. Since 2001, he has been working as a sets and costumes designer for the Berlin Schaubühne, the Theater Basel, the Bayerische Staatsoper München, the Oper Frankfurt, the Nationaltheater Mannheim and the Vlaamse Opera Antwerp.
He has already created several productions in collaboration with director Hans Neuenfels, Pierre Audi, Deborah Warner and Jan Philipp Gloger, and regularly works with Lotte de Beer.
He has created the decors and costumes of numerous productions by David Hermann, including Sing für mich, Tod at the 2009 Ruhrtriennale, L’Heure espagnole / La Vida breve and Médée by Charpentier at Frankfurt Opera, The Queen of Spades at the Theater Basel, Les Troyens at the Karlsruhe Staatstheater, Il turco in Italia and The Magic Flute at the Dutch National Opera, Helmut Lachenmann's The Little Match Girl, Iannis Xenakis's Oresteïa, L’Affaire Makropoulos at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Macbeth at the Aalto Theater in Essen, La Traviata at the Zurich Opera House, The Magic Flute and Simon Boccanegra at the Vlaamse Opera.
Recent works include Orlando with Pierre Audi and René Jacobs at La Monnaie in Bruxelles, The Flying Dutchman (decors) at the Bayreuth Festival, Gurrelieder at the Dutch National Opera, Rigoletto at the Vienna Staatsoper, Tristan und Isolde at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Parsifal at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Tosca at the Paris Opera, world premieres of Thebans by Julian Anderson at the English National Opera and György Kurtág's Fin de partie at the La Scala in Milan (presented last season at the Paris Opera), The Tales of Hoffmann at the Copenhagen Opera House and the Bregenz Festival, Wozzeck at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Offenbach's Barbe-bleue, at the Komische Oper in Berlin, Le Nozze di Figaro in Hamburg, Schreker's Die Gezeichneten at Staatsoper Hannover, Jommelli's Didone abbandonata in Basel, Don Carlos in Stuttgart, Alcina in Düsseldorf, Falstaff in Malmö, Aida at the Paris Opera.
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