Greek designer Chloé Obolensky makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season as the costume designer for Billy Budd.
Obolensky was educated in England and France, and began her career in the theatre as an assistant to Lila de Nobili and Yannis Tsarouchis, before becoming a designer for theatre, opera and film. She began a long-standing collaboration with Peter Brook in 1980, designing productions including The Cherry Orchard, Carmen, The Mahabharata (stage and film), Pelléas et Mélisande and The Tempest. She has also designed productions for Deborah Warner and Ermano Olmi for Salzburg Festival, for Lev Dodin for Paris Opéra Garnier and Opéra Bastille, the Bolshoi and St Petersburg’s Maly Theatre, and also worked with Alfredo Arias. Her more recent work with Deborah Warner includes Eugene Onegin (English National Opera, Metropolitan Opera, New York), Dido and Aeneas (Opéra-Comique, Paris, also sets), Julius Caesar (Paris and Barbican Centre), Death in Venice (ENO, La Scala, Milan and La Monnaie, Brussels), Fidelio (La Scala, Milan, also sets), La traviata (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées) and Billy Budd (Teatro Real, Madrid and Rome). Other work in recent seasons includes Antigone (Epidaurus, Greek Festival).
Obolensky was awarded the Molière Prize for Costume in 2000. Her book The Russian Empire – A Portrait in Photographs was published by Random House in 1979 and has been published by Random House in the USA, UK and Europe and translated into French and German.