Slovakian designer Boris Kudlicka made his Royal Opera debut in the 2016/17 Season as set designer for Otello, directed by Keith Warner.
Kudlicka studied set design at the Academy of Performing Arts, Bratislava, and the Minerva Art Academy, Groningen. He regularly works with director Mariusz Trelinski, with credits including Tristan und Isolde (Metropolitan Opera, New York, Prague), Iolanta (Metropolitan Opera, Maggio Musicale, Florence), Duke Bluebeard’s Castle (Metropolitan Opera, Polish National Opera), Król Roger (Stockholm), The Fiery Angel (Polish National Opera, Aix-en-Provence), Manon Lescaut (WNO, La Monnaie, Brussels, Polish National Opera) and Der fliegende Holländer, Eugene Onegin, Madama Butterfly, Don Giovanni, La traviata and Powder Her Face (for companies in Europe, the USA and Israel). 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 and The Tempest (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.
Kudlicka 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 has been a partner in the Polish architectural practice WWAA, specializing in architecture, interior design and exhibitions, and was a lecturer in scenography at Warsaw’s Academy of Fine Arts 2011–14. Since 2018 he has been developing his own brand, Boris Kudlicka with partners, which offers luxurious interior design for commercial interiors and private investments.