Greek-Ethiopian designer Stefanos Lazaridis (1942–2010) made his Royal Opera debut in 1971 on Le nozze di Figaro, directed by John Copley. He went on to create designs for Don Giovanni and Werther, also directed by Copley, Idomeneo, rè di Creta, directed by Götz Friedrich, The Greek Passion, directed by David Pountney and Wozzeck and Der Ring des Nibelungen, directed by Keith Warner.
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 Copley) in 1970, and early in his career won renown for his extravagant sets. In 1986 Lazaridis was appointed as an Associate Director at English National Opera, where he created 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 2006–07.