Nicole Averkamp studied acting at the renowned Otto Falckenberg School in Munich. During her training, she already played at the Münchner Kammerspiele. This was followed by engagements at the theaters in Dortmund, Mannheim, Basel, Darmstadt and Osnabrück. She has been a permanent member of the Theater Heidelberg ensemble since the 2011/12 season. Here she was seen in the roles of Klytaimnestra, Maria Stuart, Lola Blau, Arkadina and Fräulein Schneider in the musical “Cabaret”. She is currently in Bunbury, Michael Kohlhaas, and as Véronique in “Carnage” at the stage of the Heidelberg Theatre. Nicole Averkamp is also a sought-after speaker for audio books and readings.
Sven-Eric Bechtolf studied at the Mozarteum Salzburg in Austria before starting his career as an actor, collaborating with the foremost stages of Germany and Switzerland; besides he had many engagements at the Burgtheater Wien for several years.
He received the Nestroy Prize of Theatre as “actor of the year” in 2002 and 2003. In 2007 he was honoured with the Albin Skoda Ring.
Bechtolf began working as a stage director in 1993 and was invited to a Theatre Meeting in Berlin with his second piece of work “Der Streit” / “La Dispute” by Marivaux.
His first staging of an opera production was Alban Berg’s “Lulu” in Zurich, which laid the foundation for engagements at other major stages, such as Richard Wagner’s “Der Ring Des Nibelungen” at the Vienna State Opera and the Mozart/ Da Ponte-Cycle at the Salzburg Festival.
In 2006 he publishes his book „Vorabend“ (preliminary evening), a very individual approach to Wagner’s Ring.
In 2012 the Salzburg Festival appointed him as new theatre director. In 2015 and 2016 he was the Festival’s artistic director.
In 2016 he was decorated with the Ring of Honour of the city of Salzburg and the Cross of the Order of Merit for services to Austrian culture and science.
Since 2016 he has been working as a freelance actor and director.
He had a huge success with his production of Purcell’s “King Arthur” at the Berlin State Opera, together with Co-Producer Julian Crouch. In 2017 he staged “Hänsel und Gretel” at the Milan Scala. Further engagements are „Ägyptische Helena“ and „Ernani“ at La Scala.
Sven-Eric Bechtolf is married and lives in Leipzig.