Irina Bartels is back at Oper Frankfurt, where her costumes have been seen in a L'Heure espagnole / La vida breve double bill (dir. David Hermann) and La finta giardiniera, Flotow’s Martha (CD available - OehmsClassics), Tristan und Isolde and a Pergolesi double bill - all directed by Katharina Thoma, with whom she creates this new production of Hoffmann's The Bandits. They have teamed up regularly at theatres including Theater Dortmund, the Staatstheater in Kassel, the opera houses in Göteborg and Strasbourg, on Ariadne auf Naxos at the Glyndebourne Festival, Un ballo in maschera at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, Manon Lescaut at Theater Dessau, Adriana Lecouvreur at the Staatstheater in Karlsruhe, Otello in Schwerin and, earlier this season, Die Frau ohne Schatten for Cologne Opera. Other recent productions were Death in Venice, directed by Herrmann Schneider, a co-production between Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur and Landestheater Linz. Other theatres where she has worked have included Schauspiel Frankfurt, the Nationaltheater in Mannheim, Mainfranken Theater in Würzburg, Grillo Theater in Essen and the Schauspielhaus in Bochum. She has also worked as a stylist and as an assistant at the Kammerspiele in Hamburg, Thalia Theater and the NDR.