British designer Gideon Davey made his Royal Opera debut in 2007 designing costumes for Owen Wingrave, directed by Tim Hopkins. He returns in the 2017/18 Season to design costumes for Lohengrin, directed by David Alden.
Davey trained at Nottingham Polytechnic and was a 1991 Linbury Prize finalist. For Alden his many designs include sets and costumes for The Queen of Spades and Radamisto (English National Opera),Alcina (Teatro Real, Madrid, Opéra National de Bordeaux), L’Etoile (Frankfurt Opera), Der Ring des Nibelungen and La forza del destino (Bavarian State Opera), Luisa Miller (Opéra de Lyon), The Cunning Little Vixen (Grange Park Opera) and La donna del lago (Garsington Opera), and sets for Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Dutch National Opera). For Robert Carsen his designs include Agrippina (Theater an der Wien), The Cunning Little Vixen (Teatro Regio, Turin, Opéra national du Rhin, Paris Opéra), Rinaldo (Glyndebourne Festival) and Platée (Opéra-Comique, Paris). He also works regularly with Andreas Homoki, including designs for Pagliacci and Von Heute auf Morgen (La Fenice, Venice) and La traviata (Semperoper Dresden), and costume designs for Luisa Miller (Hamburg State Opera), Der Rosenkavalier (Tokyo Nikikai Opera Foundation) and David et Jonathas (Aix-en-Provence Festival, Opéra Comique). Davey’s other opera work includes costume designs for Tosca (English National Opera), Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Opera North) and Das Gespenst von Canterville (Zürich Opera).
Davey has designed prolifically for theatre, including for Liverpool Playhouse (A Streetcar Named Desire), Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (The Comedy of Errors) and Shakespeare’s Globe (Helen).