Hans Winkler lives in Hamburg, Germany. He makes his debut with Pacific Opera Victoria as set designer for Wagner's Das Rheingold.
In 1985 he graduated from the design program at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal. After several years as resident assistant designer at Hannover and Kassel state theatres Hans Winkler started working as a free-lance designer in 1991. Since then he has been creating stage and costume designs for opera, ballet and drama for many theatres in Europe, including Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Vienna, Paris, Brno, Bergen, Hannover, Essen and Dresden.
He designed the sets for a number of Verdi operas and many classical and contemporary works like Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Massenet's Don Quichotte, Gounod's Faust, Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Rossini's The Barber of Seville, and Gluck's Orpheus and Eurydice.
Mr. Winkler has also created ballet designs for choreographies of Ralf Dörnen for German theatre companies such as Dresden State Opera, Oldenburg State Theatre, Aalto Theatre Essen and Theatre Vorpommern, as well as National Theatre Brno in the Czech Republic. They realized many ballet productions including Brahms' Requiem, Schönberg's Transfigured Night, Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé and Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps. This summer they created a ballet with music performed by violinist Gidon Kremer and his Kremerata Baltica orchestra.
Hans Winkler regularly designs sets and costumes for various drama theatres in Hamburg, Munich and Berlin as well as for festivals and touring productions.
He also creates artwork for architectural projects. For the new shopping mall "Limbecker Platz" in Essen he designed mural art and glass elements.
In 2011 Hans Winkler received the “Rolf-Mares-Prize” for exceptional stage design in Hamburg.