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Peter J. Hall

Costume designer

Biography

British costume designer Peter J. Hall made his Royal Opera debut in the 1960-61 Season co-designing costumes for Franco Zeffirelli’s production of Falstaff (Hall did the masquerade costumes). He went on to design costumes for I puritani, Otello, Simon Boccanegra and Stiffelio for the Company, and also designed costumes for La forza del destino with the Kirov Opera at the Royal Opera House. In the 2018/19 Season The Royal Opera revives Simon Boccanegra with his costume designs.

Hall studied at the West of England Academy in his native Bristol, and became chief milliner at the Royal Opera House in 1959. He was mentored by Zeffirelli, who encouraged him to design costumes. He designed costumes for several productions at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, including Un ballo in maschera (for Moshinsky), Aida (for John Cox) and Kiri Te Kanawa’s Metropolitan Opera Farewell. Other notable opera designs included Alcina for La Fenice, Venice, I puritani (with Joan Sutherland as Elvira) for Teatro Massimo, Palermo, La traviata with Moshinsky for Opera Australia, Rigoletto for Houston Grand Opera and more than seventy productions for Dallas Opera, where he was resident costume designer for many years and where his later work included a modern-dress Ariadne auf Naxos.

Hall also designed costumes for theatre, including Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo and Juliet at the Old Vic with Zeffirelli, and collaborated with David Bowie on his ‘Let’s Dance’ tour in 1983. His film credits included Doctor Faustus with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. He died in 2010.