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Charles Edwards



British director and designer Charles Edwards made his Royal Opera debut in 2003 on Elektra, a production he directed and for which he created set and lighting designs. He returned to create set designs for Faust and Adriana Lecouvreur, directed by David McVicar, and set and lighting designs for Werther, directed by Benoît Jacquot.

Edwards studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and went on to specialize in designing and directing for opera. He made his directing debut with Così fan tutte for Mid-Wales Opera in 2001 and has since directed productions including Idomeneo (Grange Park Opera), Rigoletto (Opera North), Turandot (Nationale Reisopera) and Maria di Rohan (Wexford Festival). As a designer, he has worked with many of the UK’s leading directors on productions for English National Opera including Norma (also in Bordeaux), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (also in Moscow; nominated for an Olivier Award), Lucia di Lammemoor (also in Göteborg, Washington and for Canadian Opera Company) and Jenůfa (also in Houston) and The Makropoulos Affair (also in Prague); and for Opera North Gianni Schicchi and Tosca (also for Opera Australia).

International designs include Kiss Me Kate (Théâtre du Châtelet and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg), Falstaff (Vienna State Opera), La gazza ladra (Frankfurt), a triple programme of Verdi works (Hamburg), Wozzeck (Dallas, Chicago), Kát’a Kabanová and Macbeth (Houston, Chicago), Il trovatore (Metropolitan Opera, New York, Chicago, San Francisco), Der Freischütz (Metz), Le nozze di Figaro (Genoa, Barcelona, Bordeaux, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Tel Aviv, Long Beach), Die tote Stadt (Théâtre du Châtelet) and Attila (Strasbourg, Liège, Tel Aviv).


News and features

Set piece: The challenges of re-creating a Baroque theatre for The Royal Opera’s Adriana Lecouvreur

1 February 2017
Set piece: The challenges of re-creating a Baroque theatre for The Royal Opera’s <em>Adriana Lecouvreur</em>

Covent Garden’s production of Cilea’s best-known work features a spectacular working model in homage to a golden age of theatre.

Opera Essentials: Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur

12 January 2017
Opera Essentials: Cilea’s <em>Adriana Lecouvreur</em>

Our quick introduction to Cilea’s impassioned theatre tragedy, sumptuously realized in David McVicar’s Royal Opera production.

Opera Essentials: Massenet's Werther

7 June 2016
Opera Essentials: Massenet's <em>Werther</em>

Our quick introduction to Massenet’s Goethe-inspired tragedy of an impossible love.