Italian-French costume designer Agostino Cavalca made his Royal Opera debut in 2001 on La Cenerentola and has since created costume designs for Madama Butterfly, Hamlet, Il turco in Italia, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Hansel and Gretel and Maria Stuarda for the Company, all directed by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier.
Cavalca was born in Italy. He studied fine arts there and moved to Paris in 1982 to work as a costume designer for theatre and opera. His other designs for Leiser and Caurier include Carmen (Welsh National Opera), Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Lausanne), Ariane et Barbe-bleue (Opéra de Lyon), Lucia di Lammermoor (Opéra de Lyon and Théâtre du Châtelet), Der Rosenkavalier, Pelléas et Mélisande, Les Fiançailles au couvent, Der Ring des Nibelungen and Don Carlo (Geneva), Giulio Cesare in Egitto and Norma (Salzburg Festival), Die Zauberflöte (Vienna State Opera) and Rossini’s Otello (De Vlaamse Opera).
Cavalca's extensive theatre work includes designs for productions of Iphigenie, Le Misantrope, Othello, Richard III and La Surprise de l'amour.