David Fielding, stage designer, was born in Manchester and studied at Central Saint Martin’s School in London. Upon concluding his studies he was awarded the prestigious Friedrich von Schiller Prize which led to a secondment at the Schauspielhaus in Hamburg and the Schaubühne in Berlin. His productions have been seen at most of the leading opera houses in the UK. He has worked at many regional repertory theatres, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, and numerous fringe venues. Baroque opera has been a particular passion ever since he created the ground-breaking production of Handel's Xerxes for the English National Opera. He is equally at home in the later Romantic repertoire, including Richard Strauss, Schreker, and Zemlinsky. Another Viennese tie appears in his great admiration for the work of Austrian playwright Thomas Bernhard, whose plays he has directed, designed sets for, and translated on several occasions. Fielding has also led a number of design-driven projects for the Pet Shop Boys for their tours and albums.