Designer Michael Vale made his Royal Opera debut in 2001 creating the set designs for Rigoletto, directed by David McVicar. He returned to the Royal Opera House in 2008 to create the designs for Will Tuckett's children show Faeries (ROH2 in the Clore Studio Upstairs).
Vale’s many other opera designs include sets for Carmen and La bohème (Glyndebourne), Tosca and Alcina (English National Opera), Sweeney Todd (Opera North), Fidelio (New Zealand) and The Turn of the Screw, Dido and Aeneas, Jenůfa, Ariodante and Tolomeo (English Touring Opera). Vale has also designed prolifically in theatre, engagements including The Canterbury Tales, The Comedy of Errors and Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company), Bent (National Theatre), Cymbeline (Kneehigh Theatre/RSC), Hansel and Gretel (Old Vic), Rapunzel (Kneehigh Theatre/Battersea Arts Centre), Hedda Gabler (Royal Exchange, Manchester), Oedipus (Liverpool Everyman, Nottingham Playhouse) and The Man Who Had All the Luck (Sheffield Crucible). He has directed and designed productions including Elegy and Tightrope (Lyric Hammersmith, Plymouth Theatre Royal, Liverpool Everyman), The White Crow (Colchester), Tales from the Raun Tree (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and ART (Warsaw Theatre Company).
Vale is Co-Artistic Director for the company Salida Productions, where he has designed Romeo and Juliet (also Associate Director) and directed Mayakovsky: The Slanting Rain.