Ingo Krügler studied costume and fashion design in Berlin and London. After completing his studies at the renowned Central St. Martins College of Arts and Design in London, he gained professional experience with Jean-Paul Gaultier and John Galliano. This was followed by assistances at various Viennese theatres, the Opéra de Bastille (Don Giovanni in a production by Michael Haneke) and the Munich and Salzburg Opera Festivals for productions by Thomas Langhoff, Stefan Herheim and David McVicar. Ingo Krügler has also proved himself as a costume designer for text theatre (productions by Tim Kramer of Nora, Comedy of Errors and Hamlet, among others) and musicals (with titles such as Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar). Since 2007 he has worked closely with director Calixto Bieito, among others for Jenůfa (Stuttgart), Ibsen's Brand (Oslo), Armida (Komische Oper, Berlin), Schiller's Don Carlos (Mannheim), Wedekind's Lulu (Mannheim), Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites (Berlin) and Weils Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Opera Vlaanderen). Recent collaborations with Calixto Bieito are Reimann’s Lear (Florence and Paris), Otello (Hamburg), Fidelio (Munich), Le grand macabre (Dresden) and La bohème (South Africa).
With Die ersten Menschen, Ingo Krügler makes his debut at Dutch National Opera.