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Julia Trevelyan Oman


British designer Julia Trevelyan Oman (1930–2003) made her Royal Opera House debut creating designs for Frederick Ashton's Enigma Variations in 1968. Further designs for The Royal Ballet included for Ashton's works A Month in the Country (1976), Soupirs pas de deux (1980) and Voices of Spring (1980) and Peter Wright's production of The Nutcracker (1984). She made her Royal Opera debut in 1971 on John Copley's production of Eugene Onegin, and in 1974 created designs for Copley's production of La bohème, The Royal Opera's longest-running production.

Trevelyan Oman was born in London, and studied at Wimbledon College of Art and the Royal College of Art. She initially worked as a set designer for the BBC before moving into opera and theatre design.

Trevelyan Oman's other work included productions for the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Chichester Festival, Glyndebourne Festival and Hamburg State Opera. Trevelyan Oman was married to art historian Roy Strong. She died in 2003.

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How to Stage an Opera: Exploring the complex naturalism of La bohème

How to Stage an Opera: Exploring the complex naturalism of La bohème

17 July 2014

The wide variety of props in John Copley's classic production is intended to create an engrossing and believable world.

Opera Essentials: La bohème

Opera Essentials: La bohème

18 February 2013

Love and death in bohemian Paris – a guide to Puccini's poignant opera, as the curtain goes up on John Copley's classic production.