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Charles Edwards



English director and designer Charles Edwards made his Royal Opera debut in 2003 on Elektra, a production he directed and for which he created set and lighting designs. He returned to create set designs for Faust and Adriana Lecouvreur, directed by David McVicar, and set and lighting designs for Werther, directed by Benoît Jacquot.

Edwards was born in Newcastle and became interested in design at an early age, designing and making toy theatres as a child. He studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and went on to specialize in designing and directing for opera. As a designer, he has worked for many of the world’s leading directors and for companies including English National Opera, Opera North, Hamburg State Opera, Opera Australia, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Dallas Opera, in repertory by Mozart, Donizetti, Verdi, Janáček and Puccini, among others.

Edwards made his directing debut with Così fan tutte for Mid-Wales Opera in 2001 and has since directed productions including Idomeneo (Grange Park Opera), Rigoletto (Opera North), Turandot (Nationale Reisopera) and Maria di Rohan (Wexford Festival). Several productions with designs by Edwards have been filmed for DVD, including Werther (Paris Opéra) and The Royal Opera’s productions of Faust and Adriana Lecouvreur.


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Our quick introduction to Massenet’s Goethe-inspired tragedy of an impossible love.

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