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, also directed by Albery, and in 2014 his set designs for Dialogues des Carmélites, directed by Robert Carsen originally for De Nederlandse Opera, were seen in The Royal Opera's performance of the work.
Levine trained at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. He works widely in opera and regularly collaborates with Albery and Carsen, among others. 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), Carmen (Netherlands Opera), The Queen of Spades (Zürich), The Rape of Lucretia and L’incoronazione di Poppea (Glyndebourne Festival), Candide (English National Opera, La Scala, Milan, Théâtre du Châtelet), Die Zauberflöte (Netherlands Opera, ENO, Aix-en-Provence Festival), A Dog’s Heart (Amsterdam, ENO) and Rigoletto (ENO, Canadian Opera, Chicago Lyric). With Canadian Opera Company his designs include Der Ring des Nibelungen, Idomeneo, Wozzeck and Duke Bluebeard’s Castle/Erwartung. Theatre credits include The Beautiful Game (West End) and several productions for Complicite, including the Olivier Award-winning A Disappearing Number and Mnemonic. He has also designed for the Citizens Theatre and the Shaw Festival, Canada.
In 1981 Levine was appointed 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.