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Charles Edwards


In the 2013/14 Season English director and designer Charles Edwards revives his 2003 production of Elektra, for which he also designed sets and lighting. Edwards is active both as a director and a designer and created designs for David McVicar's productions of Faust and Adriana Lecouvreur for The Royal Opera and sets and lighting for Benoît Jacquot’s production of Werther.

Edwards was born in Newcastle and became interested in design at an early age, designing and making toy theatres as a child. He studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and went on to specialize in designing and directing for opera. As a designer, he has worked for many of the world’s leading directors and for companies including English National Opera, Opera North, Hamburg State Opera, Opera Australia, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Dallas Opera. He has designed productions of works by many leading opera composers, including Mozart, Donizetti, Verdi, Janácek and Puccini.

He made his directing debut with Così fan tutte (Mid-Wales Opera) in 2001. Since then, he has directed productions including Idomeneo (Grange Park Opera), Rigoletto (Opera North), Turandot (Nationale Reisopera) and Maria di Rohan (Wexford Festival). Several productions with designs by Edwards have been filmed for DVD, including Werther (Paris Opéra) and The Royal Opera's productions of Faust and Adriana Lecouvreur.


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