Catalan set and costume designer Lluc Castells made his Royal Opera debut in 2016 as costume designer for Oedipe, directed by Àlex Ollé and Valentina Carrasco and originally produced for La Monnaie, Brussels. He returned in the 2016/17 Season as costume designer for Norma, also directed by Ollé.
Castells was born in Cardedeu, Barcelona, and grew up in a theatrical family. He studied art and design at Escola Massana in Barcelona. He graduated in 1995 and has since worked as a designer in such diverse disciplines as theatre, opera, dance, musicals, circus and film. Since 2009 he has worked regularly with Ollé as costume designer, on productions including Le Grand Macabre (La Monnaie, Liceu, Barcelona, English National Opera and elsewhere), Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Teatro Real, Madrid, Bolshoi Theatre and Athens Megaron), Quartett (La Scala, Milan, Vienna Festwochen, Holland Festival, Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, Gulbenkian Grand Auditorium, Lisbon, and Lille Opera), Un ballo in maschera (Sydney Opera House and La Monnaie), Faust (Dutch National Opera), Madama Butterfly (Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, Opera Australia, and Rome Opera), Pelléas et Mélisande (Semperoper Dresden) and Il trovatore (Dutch National Opera and Paris Opéra).
Castells works widely as a set designer in theatre, and regularly collaborates with such directors as Xavier Albertí (Professor Bernhardi, No Man’s Land, Der Theatermacher), Lluís Homar (L’arte della commedia, Terra baixa, Luces de bohemia) and Julio Manrique (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, American Buffalo, The Product, The Shape of Things, The Woods), at theatres including Barcelona’s Teatre Lliure and Teatre Nacional de Catalunya.