British designer Es Devlin made her Royal Opera debut in 2005 creating designs for Glass’s Orphée in the Linbury Studio Theatre. She has since created designs for Salome and Les Troyens (sets), directed by David McVicar, Don Giovanni, directed by Kasper Holten, and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (sets), directed by John Fulljames, for The Royal Opera on the main stage, and Alastair Marriott’s Connectome and The Unknown Soldier for The Royal Ballet.
Devlin grew up in Sussex. She read English at Bristol University and studied at Central St Martins and on the Motley Theatre Design Course. She has designed for theatre, opera, dance, pop and events, including the 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony. Her many opera designs include Der Freischütz, Parsifal and The Cunning Little Vixen (Royal Danish Opera), Otello (Metropolitan Opera, New York), Carmen and Lucrezia Borgia (English National Opera), Die tote Stadt (Finnish National Opera), Carmen (Bregenz Festival), I puritani (Amsterdam), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hamburg), Béatrice et Bénédict and Elegy for Young Lovers (Theater an der Wien), Faust (Semperoper Dresden) and La clemenza di Tito (Liceu, Barcelona).
Devlin’s dance work includes designs for the Russell Maliphant Company and Didi Veldman. In theatre, she has worked for companies including the Royal Court, Royal Shakespeare Company (including the ‘Spanish Golden Age Season’ and Hecuba), Complicite, the Barbican and the National Theatre. She has designed and staged pop concerts for groups and artists including Kanye West, Jay Z, Muse, Take That, Lady Gaga and the Pet Shop Boys. Her exhibition and installation work includes Fifth Lion (Trafalgar Square), The Singing Tree (V&A), Mirrormaze (Peckham) and Room 2022 (Miami Art Basel 2017). She has won many awards and was made an OBE in 2015.
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