ORIGINAL COSTUME DESIGNER
German costume designer Meentje Nielsen made her Royal Opera debut in the 2015/16 Season on Il trovatore, directed by David Bösch and then went to The National Opera Amsterdam for Le Nozze di Figaro.
Nielsen was born in Hamburg. She studied design at the Berlin University of the Arts with Achim Freyer and began work in 1992 as a set and costume designer for the Berliner Ensemble at the Deutsches Theater Berlin, and at the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. She has designed costumes for Bösch’s opera productions of Orlando Furioso, Königskinder, Der fliegende Holländer (Frankfurt) and Elektra (Opera Vlaanderen), Die Meistersinger (Bavarian State Opera) and 2019 she will make her debut at the Semperoper in Dresden with Nabucco. She also works widely with Bösch in theatre, including on Blasted (Stuttgart State Theatre), Das Käthchen von Heilbronn, Drei Schwestern (Burgtheater Vienna), Orest, Peer Gynt, Prinz von Homburg, KInder der Sonne (Residenztheater, Munich), Othello, Kleiner Mann, was nun?, Die Ratten, Der Sturm and Der Diener zweier Herren (Schauspielhaus Bochum), Mary Page Marlowe at the Berliner Ensemble and actually Emilia Galotti at the Schauspielhaus Frankfurt.
Nielsen also works regularly with German director Anselm Weber, including on Ein Mann will nach oben, Es wird einmal, Richtfest, Opening Night, Vor Sonnenaufgang, the world premiere of Christoph Nussbaumeder’s Eisenstein and Das Leben ist kein Fahrrad for Schauspielhaus Bochum, where she has also designed costumes for Mahir Günşiray’s production of Faust. Her other work includes costume designs for Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, directed by Jay Scheib for Darmstadt State Theatre.