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Boris Kudlička



Slovakian designer Boris Kudlička made his Royal Opera debut in the 2016/17 Season as set designer for Otello, directed by Keith Warner.

Kudlička studied set design at the Academy of Performing Arts, Bratislava, and the Minerva Art Academy, Groningen. He regularly works with director Mariusz Treliński, credits including Der fliegende Holländer, Iolanta, Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, Madama Butterfly, Tristan und Isolde, Eugene Onegin, Orfeo ed Euridice, La traviata, Powder her Face, Turandot, Manon Lescaut, Salome and Die tote Stadt (Polish National Opera) and Boulevard Solitude (Welsh National Opera). Many of these productions have been staged internationally, including by the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Mariinsky Theatre, Berlin State Opera, La Monnaie, Brussels, LA Opera, Washington National Opera, Baden-Baden Festival, Israeli Opera and Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Valencia. His credits with Warner include Tannhäuser (Opéra national du Rhin), The Devils of Loudun (Royal Danish Opera), Le nozze di Figaro (Polish National Opera), Falstaff (Frankfurt Opera), Elektra (Prague) and Die Dreigroschenoper (Theater an der Wien). He has collaborated with Dale Duesing in Berlin, Frankfurt and Bern and with theatre director Amon Miyamoto on theatre projects in Tokyo, Yokohama and for Lincoln Center Festival, New York.

Kudlička has worked in theatre and film, and designed exhibitions including the Polish pavilion for Expo 2000 in Hanover and Expo 2010 in Shanghai, where he won silver medal. His many awards include gold medal at the 2007 Prague Quadrennial. He is a partner in the Polish architectural practice WWAA, specializing in architecture, interior design and exhibitions. He was a lecturer in scenography at Warsaw’s Academy of Fine Arts 2011–14.

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Opera Essentials: Verdi’s Otello

12 June 2017
Opera Essentials: Verdi’s <em>Otello</em>

Everything you need to know about this fiery Shakespearean tragedy, a late work from the master of Italian opera.