Stefanos Lazaridis (1942–2010) designed sets for Keith Warner’s production of Wozzeck, performed by The Royal Opera during their 2013/14 Season. He also designed sets for Warner’s production of Der Ring des Nibelungen, David Pountney’s production of The Greek Passion, Götz Friedrich’s production of Idomeneo and John Copley’s productions of Werther, Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro for The Royal Opera.
Born in Ethopia to a Greek family, Lazaridis moved to London in 1962 and studied design at Central School of Speech and Drama. He made his opera debut designing sets for Carmen (Sadler’s Wells, directed by John Copley) in 1970. In 1986 Lazaridis was appointed as an Associate Director at English National Opera, where he designed for productions including Doktor Faustus, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Hansel and Gretel, Rusalka, The Mikado, La traviata and Macbeth. He also worked in Europe, including for Bregenz Festival, Bavarian State Opera and Le Fenice, Venice, and designed sets for Warner’s production of Lohengrin (Bayreuth Festival). In 2000 he returned to ENO to design eight new productions for an Italian Opera season.
Lazaridis also designed for a 1993 Duran Duran tour, and for Steven Pimlott’s arena-style production of Carmen at Earl’s Court. He was Artistic Director of Greek Opera 2006–7. He died in 2010.