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 (sets and costumes) and Les Troyens (sets), directed by David McVicar, and for Don Giovanni, directed by Kasper Holten, for The Royal Opera on the main stage, and Alastair Marriott's Connectome for The Royal Ballet. In the 2014/15 Season she returns to create designs for The Royal Opera's Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, directed by John Fulljames.
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 set design on the Motley Theatre Design Course. She has designed for theatre, opera, ballet, dance, pop concerts and tours 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), 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 Take That, Lady Gaga and the PetShopBoys.
News and features
Making Don Giovanni’ exhibition reveals how an opera production is created, from early designs to arriving on stage
15 December 2014
Free Front of House exhibition melds video, designs and costumes to offer unique insight into the process of staging a production.
30 May 2014
A quick guide to The Royal Ballet's new mixed programme, featuring classic works by Ashton and Robbins as well as a world premiere from Alastair Marriott.
10 March 2014
Les Vêpres Siciliennes, The Firework-Maker's Daughter, The Wind in the Willows and Arthur Pita also among those nominated.
12 February 2014
Another chance to see the backstage films screened as part of our live cinema relay.
13 January 2014
From Mozart to Miley Cyrus, Es Devlin discusses the breadth of her set design.
7 July 2012
At 15 truckloads in size, the Es Devlin-designed set is one of the company's largest.