Get set for a visual treat
Take a look at an online exhibition of set designs from the 1960s onwards with photos by James McDougall.
If you’ve ever found yourself gawping at the sheer spectacle onstage at the Royal Opera House, then this new online highlights exhibition courtesy of the Collections department by photographer James McDougall should set your pulse racing.
The photographer took technical photographs for nearly all Royal Ballet and Royal Opera productions as well as some by Birmingham Royal Ballet between 1963 and the early 2000s prior to his death in 2007. These photographs are used by the production team when staging revivals. James’s collection of work was recently generously donated to the Collections department who are charged with archiving over 200 years of history at the Royal Opera House.
Whilst originally created as a reference tool, they provide a fascinating history of set design and the changes in style over five decades.
The online highlights exhibition was created by members of the Cultural Quarter Programme.
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