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Paul Brown

Designer

Biography

English designer Paul Brown made his Royal Opera debut in 1991, creating designs for Mitridate, re di Ponto, directed by Graham Vick. His designs since for The Royal Opera include King Arthur, The Midsummer Marriage and Falstaff, directed by Vick, I masnadieri, directed by Elijah Moshinsky, and Tosca and Manon Lescaut, directed by Jonathan Kent. He also created designs for Sylvie Guillem's production of Giselle, performed at the Royal Opera House by La Scala Ballet in 2001.

Brown was born in Glamorgan, South Wales, and trained under Margaret Harris. He has designed prolifically in opera. UK credits include Lulu, Pelléas et Mélisande, The Turn of the Screw, The Fairy Queen, Don Giovanni and Hippolyte et Aricie for Glyndebourne Festival and The Flying Dutchman for English National Opera. His European credits include Peter Grimes and Parsifal (Opéra-Bastille), Guillaume Tell (Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro), Mefistofele (Amsterdam), Tristan und Isolde (Deutsche Oper Berlin) and Elektra and Die Frau ohne Schatten (Mariinsky Theatre). His US credits include Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and Moses und Aron (Metropolitan Opera, New York) and Kát’a Kabanová, Le nozze di Figaro and Adès’s The Tempest (Santa Fe).

Brown has also designed prolifically in theatre. He worked with Kent on many productions at the Almeida, including Coriolanus, Richard II, King Lear, The Tempest and Platonov. Other designs include Man of La Mancha (Broadway) and Philip Haas's films Angels and Insects and Up at the Villa.

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News and features

How to Stage an Opera: the ugliness of Manon Lescaut

How to Stage an Opera: the ugliness of Manon Lescaut

1 July 2014

Why Jonathan Kent and Paul Brown’s production focuses on the ugly side of Puccini’s opera.

Gallery: Manon Lescaut in rehearsal

Gallery: Manon Lescaut in rehearsal

10 June 2014

Jonathan Kent's new production stars Kristīne Opolais, Christopher Maltman and Jonas Kaufmann.

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