Zimbabwean stage designer Richard Hudson made his Royal Opera debut in 1993 on Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, directed by Graham Vick. He has returned to work on The Merry Widow, Tamerlano and the world premiere of Morgen und Abend for The Royal Opera (both with Vick), on Kim Brandstrup’s Rushes – Fragments of a Lost Story and Invitus Invitam for The Royal Ballet, and Brandstrup’s Goldberg – the Brandstrup-Rojo Project for ROH2.
Hudson studied at Wimbledon School of Art. He has designed sets and costumes for opera companies including English National Opera, Glyndebourne, La Scala, Milan, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Paris Opéra, Vienna State Opera, Dutch National Opera, Zürich Opera, La Fenice, Venice, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera and for Bregenz Festival. His many collaborations with Vick include Der Ring des Nibelungen (Palermo), The Makropulos Affair (St Petersburg), Eugene Onegin (Glyndebourne) and Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Rome). He has also worked with directors including David Pountney (La forza del destino), Stephen Langridge (Rigoletto), Andrei Serban (Khovanshchina, Les Contes d’Hoffmann) and Yoshi Oïda (costume designs for Peter Grimes, Les Pêcheurs de perles and Death in Venice).
In theatre, Hudson has designed for companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, the Old Vic (where he won the 1988 Olivier Award for his season there) and the Young Vic. He was set designer for The Lion King, which won him the Tony Award for Best Scenic Design and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design.