In the 2013/14 Season French set designer Christian Fenouillat designs the sets for Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s new production of Maria Stuarda for The Royal Opera. Fenouillat designed sets for The Royal Opera’s productions of La Cenerentola, Madama Butterfly, Hamlet, Il turco in Italia, Il barbiere di Siviglia and Hansel and Gretel, all directed by Leiser and Caurier.
Fenouillat was born in Périgueux. He trained initially as an architect and since 1975 has worked as a set designer for cinema, theatre and opera. His other work for Leiser and Caurier includes Armide and La clemenza di Tito (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées), Wozzeck, Der Rosenkavalier and Der Ring des Nibelungen (Geneva), Jenufa (Spoleto Festival), Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Lausanne), Ariane et Barbe-bleue and Lucia di Lammermoor (Opéra de Lyon), Giulio Cesare in Egitto and Norma (Salzburg Festival), Carmen (Welsh National Opera), Falstaff (Angers-Nantes Opéra), Die Zauberflöte (Vienna State Opera) and Le Comte Ory (Theater an der Wien).
In theatre, Fenouillat’s credits include plays by Lorca, Pirandello, Strindberg, Bond, Synge and the Prix Goncourt-winning Marie N’Diaye. In cinema he has worked with directors including Jean-Luc Godard and Marguerite Duras. He also participates in art exhibitions, including a co-exhibition with Juliette Binoche.