In the 2013/14 Season The Royal Opera perform two productions with set designs by French designer Chantal Thomas, Manon and La Fille du régiment, each directed by Laurent Pelly. Thomas has also designed sets for L’elisir d’amore and Robert le diable for The Royal Opera, also with Pelly. She works regularly with Pelly on productions in Europe and the USA, and has collaborated with him on around fifty productions of plays, musicals and operas.
Thomas was born in France and studied at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Art in Dijon and the École des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. She has worked with Pelly since 1988, on productions including I puritani, Ariadne auf Naxos, Platée and Giulio Cesare (Paris Opéra), La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein and La Belle Hélène (Santa Fe), Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Barcelona and San Francisco), L’Amour des trois oranges (Netherlands Opera), 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 Michel Rostain, Frédéric Bélier-Garcia, Laura Scozzi and Denise Chalem, and designed Le nozze di Figaro for Richard Brunel (Aix-en-Provence Festival).
News and features
22 October 2012
The director discusses the inspiration behind his production and the power of Donizetti’s music.