About

Born in Munich, Germany, she studied scenography at Bologna’s School of Art.

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She began her career in 1991 as an assistant to costume designer Moidele Bickel for Peter Stein and Chloè Obolensky’s shows at Salzburg Festival. Her love for Italy led her to continue her career there. Later in 1991 she designed costumes for Thierry Salmon’s Three studies on Demons. In 1994 she worked on Richard III directed by Claudio Morganti, and later on Lear Opera and Totò Prince of Denmark directed by Leo de Berardinis. An important turning point in her career came in 2001 when she met director Mario Martone, with whom she worked on The 10 Commandments, The Secret Opera produced by Naples Teatro Mercadante, Small Moral Works, A Night in Colono, Carmen and Danton’s Death for Turin Teatro Stabile.

Within the Rossini Opera Festival, Patzak designed costumes for three operas directed by Martone:  Matilde of Shabran in 2004 ( staged also in 2008 at London Covent Garden), Torvaldo and Dorliska and Aureliano in Palmira. She created costumes for Monteverdi’s Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, directed by Giorgio Battistelli for Ravello Festival. In 2006 she worked on Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro staged at Teatro San Carlo, Verdi’s Falstaff and Macbeth staged at Paris’ Théâtre des Champs Elysées and Othello at Tokyo New National Theatre. In 2011 she made her debut at Milan Teatro alla Scala with Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci directed by Martone, followed by Luisa Miller in 2012, Oberto, Conte di San Bonifacio in 2013 and The Jesters’ Supper in 2016. In 2012 she worked on Fidelio, opening opera of Turin Teatro Regio season. She also designed costumes for Curlew River, Prodigal Son and The Bassarids staged at Rome Teatro dell’Opera.

She joined up with comics artist Guido Crepax on Lulu staged at Palermo Teatro Massimo and with  Sergio Tramonti on Don Giovanni at Teatro San Carlo, directed by Martone.

She teamed up with artist Anselm Kiefer for costume design of Elektra at Naples Teatro San Carlo; she created costumes for Idomeneo, Elektra, Curlew River and Maria Stuart, all directed by Andrea De Rosa. She also worked with director Luca Ronconi on Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice produced by Milan Piccolo Teatro and with Jean Louis Martinelli at Nanterre Amandiers Theatre where she designed costumes for Ithaka by Botho Strauss, Britannicus by Racine and Moliere’s The Miser.

In 2009 she ventured in the world of costume design for film, working on Noi Credevamo directed by Martone, that earned her the David di Donatello and Ciak d’oro in 2011. She also designed costumes for Acciaio by Stefano Mordini and Un giorno speciale by Francesca Comencini. In 2015, her work for Il Giovane Favoloso directed by Martone was awarded once again the David di Donatello and Ciak d’oro.


2016 LA CENA DELLE BEFFE, directed by Mario Martone, Teatro alla Scala, Milano
2015 THE BASSARIDS, directed by Mario Martone, Teatro dell’Opera, Roma
2015 MACBETH, directed by Mario Martone, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Parigi
2014 PRODIGAL SON, directed by Mario Martone, Teatro dell’Opera, Roma
2014 AURELIANO IN PALMIRA, directed by Mario Martone, Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro
2014 CURLEW RIVER, directed by Mario Martone , Teatro dell’Opera, Roma
2013 OBERTO, directed by Mario Martone, Teatro alla Scala, Milano
2012 LUISA MILLER, directed by Mario Martone , Teatro alla Scala, Milano
2011 FIDELIO, directed by Mario Martone, Teatro Regio, Torino
2010 CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA ,PAGLIACCI, directed by Mario Martone, Teatro alla Scala, Milano
2009 OTELLO, directed by di Mario Martone, National Theatre, Tokyo
2008 FALSTAFF, directed by di Mario Martone, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Parigi
2006 NOZZE DI FIGARO, directed by di Mario Martone, Teatro San Carlo, Napoli
2006 TORVALDO E DORLISKA, directed by di Mario Martone, Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro
2005 ARRIGHETTO, directed by Rosetta Cucchi, Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro
2005 IL COMBATTIMENTO DI TANCREDI E CLORINDA, directed by Mario Martone, Festival Ravello
2005 CURLEW RIVER, directed by Andrea De Rosa, Teatro Sociale Santa Chiara, Trento
2004 IDOMENEO, RE DI CRETA, directed by Andrea De Rosa, Teatro Sociale Santa Chiara, Trento
2004 MATILDE DI SHABRAN, directed by Mario Martone, Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro

2016 LA MORTE DI DANTON, directed by Mario Martone, Teatro Stabile Torino
2015 L’AVARE, directed by Jean Louis Martinelli, Sic Produzioni, Parigi
2015 CARMEN, directed by Mario Martone, Teatro Stabile Torino
2014 GOOD PEOPLE, directed by Roberto Andò, Zachar Produzioni, Roma
2013 BRITANNICUS, directed by Jean Louis Martinelli, Nanterre Amandiers, Parigi
2013 LA SERATA A COLONO, directed by Mario Martone, Teatro Stabile Torino
2011 OPERETTE MORALI, directed by Mario Martone, Teatro Stabile Torino
2010 ITHAKA, directed by Jean Louis Martinelli, Nanterre Amandiers, Parigi
2009 IL MERCANTE DI VENEZIA, directed by Luca Ronconi, Piccolo Teatro Milano
2007 MOLLY SWEENEY, directed by Andrea De Rosa, Emilia Romagna Teatro
2007 MARIA STUART, directed by Andrea De Rosa, Teatro Stabile Napoli
2005 ELETTRA, directed by Andrea De Rosa, Teatro Stabile Napoli
2004 OPERA SEGRETA, directed by Mario Martone, Teatro Stabile Napoli
2000 I DIECI COMANDAMENTI, directed by Mario Martone, Teatro di Roma
1999 TOTÒ, PRINCIPE DI DANIMARCA, directed by Leo De Berardinis, Teatro di Leo, Bologna
1998 LEAR OPERA, directed by Leo De Berardinis, Teatro di Leo, Bologna
1994 RICCARDO III, directed by Claudio Morganti
1991 TRE STUDI PER I DEMONI, directed by Tierry Salmon, Drama Teatri San Geminiano, Modena

2014 PASTORALE CILENTANA, directed by Mario Martone, production Palomar Roma, EXPO Milano
2013 IL GIOVANE FAVOLOSO, directed by Mario Martone, production Palomar, Roma
2013 ANTONIA, directed by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino, production Frenesy, Milano
2012 UN GIORNO SPECIALE, directed by Francesca Comencini, production Palomar, Roma
2011 ACCIAIO, directed by Stefano Mordini, production Palomar, Roma
2010 NOI CREDEVAMO, directed by Mario Martone, production Palomar, Roma

2015 DAVID DI DONATELLO for IL GIOVANE FAVOLOSO
2015 CIAK D’ORO fot IL GIOVANE FAVOLOSO
2015 CAPRI HOLLYWOOD AWARD for IL GIOVANE FAVOLOSO
2015 PREMIO MIGLIOR COSTUMISTA FESTIVAL SPELLO for IL GIOVANE FAVOLOSO
2011 DAVID DI DONATELLO for NOI CREDEVAMO
2011 CIAK D’ORO for NOI CREDEVAMO