Canadian designer Michael Levine made his Royal Opera debut in 2009, creating set designs for Der fliegende Holländer, directed by Tim Albery. He has since returned to create set designs for Tannhäuser, directed by Albery, Dialogues des Carmélites, directed by Robert Carsen and originally staged by Dutch National Opera, and Billy Budd, directed by Deborah Warner and originally staged in Rome. In the 2019/20 Season he designs sets for Jenufa for Claus Guth and for The Turn of the Screw directed by Natalie Abrahami.
Levine trained at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. He works with many leading opera directors including Albery and Carsen. Opera credits include Madama Butterfly, Parsifal and Mefistofele (Metropolitan Opera, New York), Elektra, Capriccio, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Die Zauberflöte and Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Paris Opéra), Die Frau ohne Schatten (Vienna), The Rake’s Progress (Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Dancheko Theatre, Moscow), Iphigénie en Tauride, The Queen of Spades, Madama Butterfly and Sweeney Todd (Zürich), Billy Budd (Teatro Real, Madrid and Rome), Die tote Stadt (Komische Oper Berlin), The Rape of Lucretia and L’incoronazione di Poppea (Glyndebourne Festival), Between Worlds and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (ENO), Hell’s Fury (Luminato Festival, Toronto) Candide (English National Opera, La Scala, Milan, Théâtre du Châtelet), Die Zauberflöte (Dutch National Opera, ENO, Aix-en-Provence Festival), A Dog’s Heart (Amsterdam, ENO) and Rigoletto (Liceu, Barcelona). With Canadian Opera Company his designs include Der Ring des Nibelungen, Rigoletto, Idomeneo, Wozzeck and Duke Bluebeard’s Castle/Erwartung. Theatre credits include The Beautiful Game (West End), Wings (Young Vic) and several productions for Complicite, including the Olivier Award-winning A Disappearing Number, The Encounter and Mnemonic.
In 1981 Levine was appointed a Chevalier des arts et lettres. His numerous awards include a Toronto Arts Award (1997) and a Syndicat de la critique award (1991). In 2011 he was received the Distinguished Artist Award from the International Society for the Performing Arts and in 2019 he received the Excellence in Performance Design Award at the Prague Quadrennial.
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