Romanian costume designer Marie Jeanne Lecca made her Royal Opera debut in 2000 on The Greek Passion, directed by David Pountney. She has since returned to create costume designs for Wozzeck and Der Ring des Nibelungen, directed by Keith Warner, and for Maskarade, directed by Pountney.
Lecca was born and educated in Bucharest and is now based in London. She has designed costumes for opera companies throughout the UK and in Europe, including for Vienna State Opera, Zürich Opera, Bavarian State Opera, the Bolshoi, Opéra Bastille, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bregenz Festival, Opéra de Lyon, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera and Salzburg Festival, in repertory including Die Zauberflöte, Prince Igor, Carmen, Les Troyens, Moses und Aron, Khovanshchina, Il trittico, Turandot, Jenůfa, Kát’a Kabanová, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Lulu, King Roger, Das Passagierin and Die Soldaten. She has designed both sets and costumes for productions including Falstaff and Pelléas and Mélisande (ENO), Carmen (Houston, Seattle, Minnesota) and Thérèse Raquin (Dallas).
Lecca is also known for her innovative and inventive puppet design, which features widely in her work for opera including in Faust, Un ballo in maschera and Die Zauberflöte. Martinu Foundation awarded Lecca a medal for her costume designs for Martinů’s operas Julietta and The Greek Passion. She was nominated for a BAFTA for Amahl and the Night Visitors and was a member of the British team that won the ‘Golden Triga‘ at the 2003 Prague Quadrennale.