German set and costume designer Julia Hansen made her Royal Opera debut in the 2015/16 Season on The Royal Opera’s premiere of L’Étoile, directed by Mariame Clément.
Hansen was born in Hamburg and works as a freelance set and costume designer for opera, theatre and dance. Engagements include Hänsel und Gretel (Paris Opéra), Poliuto and Don Pasquale (Glyndebourne Festival), Das Liebesverbot, Der Rosenkavalier, La Belle Hélène, Werther and Platée (Opéra national du Rhin), Die Zauberflöte (Strasbourg, Graz, Cologne and Nice), Le nozze di Figaro (Cologne, Dortmund and Nuremberg), the world premiere of Hurel’s Les Pigeons d’argile (Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse), Le Grand Macabre (Aalto Theater Essen), Albert Herring, Elegie für junge Liebende and Rasputin (Lübeck), Il barbiere di Siviglia, Il viaggio a Rheims and Don Giovanni (Bern, Oviedo), Agrippina and Giasone (Opera Vlaanderen) and Castor et Pollux (Theater an der Wien).
Hansen has won various awards for her designs, including Best Design of the Year for Platée (France, 2012).
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