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Vicki Mortimer



British designer Vicki Mortimer made her Royal Ballet debut in 2003 on Wayne McGregor’s Qualia and has since returned to work on McGregor’s Raven Girl (2013). In 2009 she designed Parthenogenesis in the Linbury Studio Theatre for ROH2, directed by Katie Mitchell. She made her Royal Opera debut in 2013 on Written on Skin and has since designed Lucia di Lammermoor (revived in the 2019/20 Season) and Lessons in Love and Violence for The Royal Opera, both directed by Mitchell. In the 2019/20 Season she also designs Death in Venice for David McVicar.

Mortimer studied at the Slade School of Fine Art. For David McVicar designs include Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Glyndebourne), Ariodante (Vienna State Opera) and Wozzeck (Lyric Opera of Chicago). For Mitchell her other opera designs include costumes for Orest (Dutch National Opera) and designs for Al gran sole carico d’amore (Berlin State Opera, Salzburg Festival), Neither (Berlin State Opera), After Dido and The Way Back Home (English National Opera), St Matthew Passion (Glyndebourne) and The Sacrifice, Jenufa, Kát’a Kabanová and Jephtha (Welsh National Opera). Her other opera designs include, for Nicholas Hytner, Così fan tutte (Glyndebourne), and for Rory Kinnear The Winter’s Tale (ENO). She works regularly with McGregor, credits including Yantra (Stuttgart Ballet), Genus (Paris Opera Ballet), Skindex (Nederlands Dans Theater) and Millenarium, Sulphur 16 and Aeon (Wayne McGregor | Random Dance).

For the National Theatre Mortimer has designed more than 25 productions, including Follies, When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other, The Plough and the Stars, The Threepenny Opera, The Silver Tassie, Othello, Hamlet, The Seagull and The House of Bernarda Alba. She has also worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company (including Uncle Vanya and The Winter’s Tale), on Broadway (costumes for Nine and Fiddler on the Roof) and for the Royal Court, Almeida, Donmar Warehouse and the Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm, among others. She is a member of the Linbury Prize Committee and is on the steering committee for Birkbeck’s director training. Her many awards include the 2016 International Opera Award for Best Designer.

News and features

New opera by George Benjamin and Martin Crimp announced

31 January 2017
New opera by George Benjamin and Martin Crimp announced

Following the success of Written on Skin, Lessons in Love and Violence will have its world premiere on 10 May 2018.

Winners of 2016 International Opera Awards announced

16 May 2016
Winners of 2016 International Opera Awards announced

Best Conductor Gianandrea Noseda and Best Male Singer Gregory Kunde both appear in The Royal Opera's new production of Il trovatore.

Watch: Lucia di Lammermoor live-streamed Insight event

10 March 2016
Watch: <em>Lucia di Lammermoor</em> live-streamed Insight event

Join Director Katie Mitchell and other members of the cast and creative team for a glimpse of the new production before opening night.