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Michael Levine

Biography

Designer Michael Levine created the sets for Robert Carsen's production of Dialogues des Carmélites, taken into The Royal Opera repertory in the 2013/14 Season. He was set designer for Tim Albery’s productions of Der fliegende Holländer and Tannhäuser for The Royal Opera.

Levine was born in Canada and 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.