American designer Michael Yeargan made his Royal Opera debut in the 1990-1 Season designing sets and costumes for Elijah Moshinsky’s production of Attila. He returned to design sets and costumes for Jonathan Eaton’s production of I puritani, and sets for Moshinsky’s productions of Stiffelio, Aida (also costumes) and Simon Boccanegra. He also designed sets and costumes for Welsh National Opera’s Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci performed at the Royal Opera House. In the 2018/19 Season The Royal Opera revive Simon Boccanegra, for which he designed sets.
Yeargan made his opera designing debut in 1970 with La bohème for Nevada Opera. Since then he has designed sets (and sometimes costumes) for companies including the Metropolitan Opera, New York, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Washington Opera, Dallas Opera, for Glimmerglass Festival, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Frankfurt Opera and Opera Australia among others. He designed the sets for Anthony Sher’s productions of Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Roméo et Juliette (Metropolitan Opera) and Francesca Zambello’s Der Ring des Nibelungen (San Francisco Opera).
Yeargan’s numerous designs for theatre include Oslo, The King and I, Golden Boy, Seascape, The Light in the Piazza (2005 Tony Award), South Pacific, Awake and Sing (Drama Desk Award), Ah Wilderness and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone on Broadway, along with numerous productions off Broadway and for regional US theatres. He is resident set designer at the Yale Repertory Theatre and Professor of Stage Design at Yale School of Drama.