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Marie-Jeanne Lecca

Biography

Marie Jeanne Lecca designed costumes for Keith Warner’s Olivier Award-winning production of Wozzeck, performed by The Royal Opera in the 2013/14 Season. She also designed costumes for The Royal Opera’s productions of Der Ring des Nibelungen (directed by Warner) and Maskarade and The Greek Passion (directed by David 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. Operas for which she has designed costumes include Die Zauberflöte, Prince Igor, Carmen, Les Troyens, Moses und Aron, Khovanshchina, Il trittico, Turandot, Jenufa, Kát’a Kabanová, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Lulu, King Roger and late 20th-century works including Weinberg’s Das Passagierin and Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten. She has designed 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 Martinu’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.