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Agostino Cavalca

Costume designer


Italian-French costume designer Agostino Cavalca made his Royal Opera debut in 2000 on La Cenerentola and has since created costume designs for Madama Butterfly, Hamlet, Il turco in Italia, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Hansel and Gretel and Maria Stuarda for the Company, all directed by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier. In the 2019/20 The Royal Opera stage Madama Butterfly, and he also is costume designer for Don Pasquale.

Cavalca moved to Paris in 1982 to work as a costume designer for theatre and opera. He has collabroated with Leiser and Caurier since 1995, on productions including Giovanna d’Arco (La Scala, Milan), Carmen and Fidelio (Welsh National Opera), Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Lausanne, Spoleto), Ariane et Barbe-bleue (Opéra de Lyon), Lucia di Lammermoor (Opéra de Lyon and Théâtre du Châtelet), Der Rosenkavalier, Pelléas et Mélisande, Les Fiançailles au couvent, Der Ring des Nibelungen and Don Carlo (Geneva), La Damnation de Faust, Falstaff and L’incoronazione di Poppea (Angers Nantes Opéra), L’italiana in Algeri, Giulio Cesare in Egitto and Norma (Salzburg Festival), Die Zauberflöte (Vienna State Opera), Rossini’s Otello (Opera Vlaanderen) and L’equivoco stravagante (Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro).

Cavalca’s extensive theatre work includes designs for productions of Iphigenie, Le Misantrope, Othello, Richard III and La Surprise de l’amour. He also now works regularly with opera director Damiano Michieletto, including for Rigoletto (Dutch National Opera), Don Pasquale (Paris Opéra) and Alcina (Salzburg Festival).

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