English designer Robert Jones made his Royal Opera debut in 2015, designing sets for Andrea Chénier, directed by David McVicar.
Jones trained at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. His West End credits include Fatal Attraction, Kiss Me Kate, The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Secret Rapture, Benefactors, Calendar Girls (UK tour, Australia and Canada), Jolson (Canada and Australia) and The Sound of Music (Toronto, UK tour and Tokyo). He has designed more than fifteen productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company, including Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet and Othello, and productions for the National Theatre including Look Back in Anger, Noises Off (West End and Broadway) and The Playboy of the Western World. Other theatre work includes credits with the Donmar Warehouse, Chichester Festival Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Sheffield Crucible, Manchester Royal Exchange and on Broadway. Film work includes Hamlet for BBC Films/Illuminations.
Jones regularly collaborates with McVicar in opera, credits including L’incoronazione di Poppea (Paris and Berlin), Don Carlo (Frankfurt), Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Glyndebourne Festival, Chicago, Metropolitan Opera, New York), Tristan und Isolde (Tokyo and Vienna), Don Giovanni (Opera Australia) and Anna Bolena (Metropolitan Opera). His other opera designs include Die Fledermaus (Metropolitan Opera), Werther (La Coruña), The Elixir of Love (English National Opera) and Manon Lescaut (Gothenburg). Jones has been nominated for two Olivier Awards and is the winner of a Canadian Dora Award and a Drama Logue Award.
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Backstage films from the live relay of Andrea Chénier including a musical masterclass from Antonio Pappano, and an insight into costume design.