English designer Leslie Travers made his Royal Opera House debut in 2015 with Opera Holland Park’s production of Will Todd’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, directed by Martin Duncan. He made his Royal Opera debut in 2016 on the world premiere production of Mark Simpson’s Pleasure, directed by Tim Albery.
Travers studied at the Wimbledon College of Arts. He regularly collaborates with Albery, their productions together including Grimes on the Beach (Aldeburgh Music, winner of Best Anniversary Production at the 2014 International Opera Awards and the WhatsOnStage Opera Event of the Year Award), Otello (Scottish Opera and Opera North, winner of Best Opera at the 2014 Manchester Theatre Awards) and The Children’s Crusade (Luminato Festival, winner of the 2010 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best Opera Production). Other opera credits include Salome (Santa Fe Opera), I puritani (Welsh National Opera), The Marriage of Figaro, Albert Herring and Billy Budd (Opera North), Chęciński’s The Haunted Manor (Teatr Wielki), La bohème, Jenůfa and Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Malmö Opera), Turn of the Screw and L’elisir d’amore (Opera Holland Park), Tannhäuser (Estonian National Opera), Don Giovanni (Garsington Opera), Die lustige Witwe and I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Opera Australia and Opera North), L’abore di Diana (Palau de les Arts Reina Sophía) and Elysium (Norwegian National Opera, world premiere).
His theatre credits include Rebecca (Kneehigh Theatre), Twelfth Night (Chichester Festival) and The Duchess of Malfi, Streets of Rage and Silent Cry (West Yorkshire Playhouse). In dance he has designed for K-Ballet, including their productions of Cinderella, Le Corsaire, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake.
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