British designer Ultz made his Royal Opera debut in 2011 with set designs for Il tabarro, directed by Richard Jones. He has since designed sets and costumes for Gloriana, also directed by Jones.
Ultz began his career as an actor and drama teacher and has also worked as a director. He studied with Margaret Harris on the Motley Theatre design course. In opera he works regularly with Jones, for whom his designs have included Lohengrin (Bavarian State Opera), Ariodante (Aix-en-Provence Festival), Macbeth and Falstaff (Glyndebourne Festival) and Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci and The Bitter Tears of Petra van Kant (English National Opera). His other opera designs include Powder Her Face for ENO and Serse, Die Entführung aus dem Serail and La clemenza di Tito for Bavarian State Opera. He has directed and designed several opera productions for Landestheater Niederbayern, including I Capuleti e i Montecchi and Die lustige Witwe.
Ultz works widely in theatre, including for the Royal Court (Jerusalem, Choir Boy, The River, Wig Out! and Chicken Soup with Barley), the Young Vic (including La Musica, Annie Get Your Gun, Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Changeling) and National Theatre (Blood and Gifts and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom). He is an Associate Artist at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, where he develops new pieces of Urban Music Theatre, including Da Boyz, Jean Genet’s The Blacks and Pied Piper (winner of an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre).