British designer Es Devlin made her Royal Opera debut in 2005 creating designs for Glass’s Orphée in the Linbury Studio Theatre, directed by Francesco Negrin. She has since created designs for Salome and Les Troyens (sets), directed by David McVicar, Don Giovanni, directed by Kasper Holten, and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (sets), directed by John Fulljames, for The Royal Opera on the main stage, and Alastair Marriott’s Connectome for The Royal Ballet.
Devlin grew up in Sussex. As a child she studied violin, clarinet and piano at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department. She read English at Bristol University and studied at Central St Martins and on the Motley Theatre Design Course. She has designed for theatre, opera, dance, pop and events, including the 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony. Her many opera designs include Parsifal and The Cunning Little Vixen (Royal Danish Opera), Carmen and Lucrezia Borgia (English National Opera), Die tote Stadt (Finnish National Opera, with Holten), I puritani (Amsterdam), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hamburg), Béatrice et Bénédict (Theater an der Wien, with Holten), Faust (Semperoper Dresden) and La clemenza di Tito (Liceu, Barcelona).
Devlin’s dance work includes designs for the Russell Maliphant Company and Didi Veldman. In theatre, she has worked for companies including the Royal Court, Royal Shakespeare Company (including the ‘Spanish Golden Age Season’ and Hecuba), Complicite and the National Theatre. She has designed and staged pop concerts for groups and artists including Kanye West, Jay Z, Muse, Take That, Lady Gaga and the Pet Shop Boys.
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The awards, now in their third year, celebrate excellence in opera and provide bursaries for emerging talent.
Prizes go to new play King Charles III, and performers Kevin Spacey, Sylvie Guillem, Angela Lansbury and Mark Strong.
A host of Royal Opera-affiliated artists have been shortlisted.