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Watch: Award-winning designer Es Devlin on Les Troyens

Taking a break from creating stage shows for the world’s top pop acts, the designer talks about her creative process.

By Katie Vernon-Smith (Former Digital Learning Producer)

4 July 2012 at 10.17am | Comment on this article

We caught up with Es Devlin, the designer of David McVicar’s epic production of Berlioz’s opera Les Troyens.

In this short film the designer talks in detail about the process of designing an opera and why model boxes are made for every main-stage production. She also explains why clear design is essential for the teams who build the sets and props as well as the director.

Es has designed several sets for operas at the Royal Opera House, including for McVicar's production of Salome. She also designs stage shows for the world’s top pop and rock, working with the likes of  Kanye West, Take That and Rihanna.

The attention of billions was on Es’s work as the closing ceremony of London 2012, which she designed.

Discover more about the role of spectacle and epic design in the history of opera, in the exhibition Opera: Passion, Power and Politics, at the V&A Museum 30 September 2017–25 February 2018.

By Katie Vernon-Smith (Former Digital Learning Producer)

4 July 2012 at 10.17am

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged David Mcvicar, design, Es Devlin, Kanye West, Les Troyens, London 2012, Production, Rihanna, Salome, Take That

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