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John Macfarlane

Biography

Scottish designer John Macfarlane has worked regularly with the Royal Opera House. His designs for The Royal Ballet include for Wright's production of Giselle and Scarlett's Asphodel Meadows and Sweet Violets. Designs for The Royal Opera include David McVicar's production of Die Zauberflöte, Richard Jones's productions of Gianni Schicchi, L'Heure espagnole and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.

Macfarlane studied at the Glasgow School of Art, and his art work in painting and printmaking is widely exhibited across the UK and Europe. He works extensively as a designer for opera and dance. Opera designs include Hansel and Gretel for Welsh National Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, New York, The Queen of Spades for WNO, War and Peace for Opéra-Bastille, La clemenza di Tito for Paris Opéra, Agrippina at La Monnaie, Brussels, Boris Godunov for Netherlands Opera, Euryanthe for Glyndebourne, The Trojans for English National Opera, Don Giovanni at La Monnaie and San Francisco, Idomeneo for Vienna State Opera, Elektra for Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Rake’s Progress for Scottish Opera and Maria Stuarda for the Metropolitan Opera.

In his designs for dance Macfarlane regularly collaborates with Tetley, Kyliàn and Wright, his many works including The Nutcracker, Le Baiser de la fée and Cinderella for Birmingham Royal Ballet.

News and features

Ballet Essentials: Serenade / Sweet Violets / DGV: Danse à grande vitesse

Ballet Essentials: Serenade / Sweet Violets / DGV: Danse à grande vitesse

14 May 2014

A quick guide to The Royal Ballet's triple programme of one-act ballets by Balanchine, Scarlett and Wheeldon.

Walter Sickert and the Camden Town Murder: The inspiration for Liam Scarlett's Sweet Violets

Walter Sickert and the Camden Town Murder: The inspiration for Liam Scarlett's Sweet Violets

30 April 2014

The artist's fascination with a 1907 murder has fuelled a variety of conspiracy theories.