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Christian Gasc

Costume designer


French costume designer Christian Gasc made his Royal Opera debut in 2004 on Werther, directed by Benoît Jacquot.

Gasc grew up in Tarn-et-Garonne and developed a passion for cinema at an early age. He moved to Paris aged 15 and began work as a costume designer for cinema with the help of director Liliane Kermadec, for whom he designed costumes for Aloïse (1975). He subsequently worked with such film directors as Claire Denis, Marguerite Duras, Jean-Luc Godard, Jacquot, Patrice Leconte, André Téchiné and François Truffaut. For Jacquot his costume designs for films include Sade (2000), Au Fond des bois (2010) and Les Adieux à la reine (2012). He has also worked with Jacquot for television.

Gasc’s many opera credits include La traviata (Paris Opéra, with Jacquot), Così fan tutte (Grand Théâtre de Genève), Guillaume Tell (Zürich Opera), La clemenza di Tito and Manon Lescaut (La Scala, Milan), Falstaff, Der Ring des Nibelungen and Andrea Chénier (Opéra Royal de Wallonie), Andrea Chénier (Monte Carlo), Cyrano de Bergerac (Opéra national de Montpellier), Peter Pan (Théâtre du Châtelet), Manon Lescaut (Teatro Regio, Turin) and Cosma’s Marius et Fanny (Marseilles and Avignon). In theatre he has designed costumes for plays by Chekhov, Claudel, Cocteau, Corneille, Dumas fils, Feydeau, Guitry, Ibsen, Kleist, Wilde and Tennessee Williams.

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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.