French set designer Chantal Thomas made her Royal Opera debut in 2007 on La Fille du régiment, directed by Laurent Pelly. She has since returned to create set designs for L’elisir d’amore, Manon and Robert le diable, all directed by Pelly.
Thomas studied at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Art in Dijon and the École des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. She has worked regularly with Pelly since 1988 on more than fifty productions, their credits together including Le Médecin malgré lui (Grand Théâtre de Genève), Le Roi carotte (Opéra de Lyon), I puritani, Ariadne auf Naxos, Platée and Giulio Cesare (Paris Opéra), La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein and La Belle Hélène (Théâtre du Châtelet), Don Pasquale (Santa Fe Opera), L’Etoile and The Love for Three Oranges (Dutch National Opera), Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Barcelona and San Francisco), Pelléas et Mélisande (Theater an der Wien) and La traviata (Santa Fe and Turin). Many of the productions she has worked on for Pelly have been performed by leading opera companies worldwide, including the Liceu, Barcelona, Metropolitan Opera, New York, La Scala, Milan, and Vienna State Opera.
Thomas has also worked in theatre with directors including Frédéric Bélier-Garcia, Denise Chalem, Michel Rostain and Laura Scozzi, and designed Le nozze di Figaro for the Aix-en-Provence Festival, directed by Richard Brunel.
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