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Es Devlin

Designer

Biography

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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News and features

Royal Opera House 2018/19 Season announced

20 March 2018
Royal Opera House 2018/19 Season announced

The Royal Ballet and Royal Opera's programme for the coming Season include world premieres, major new productions and classic revivals.

Pet Shop Boys to perform four dates at the Royal Opera House in July 2016

21 January 2016
Pet Shop Boys to perform four dates at the Royal Opera House in July 2016

'Inner Sanctum' series of concerts will be the duo's only UK performances this year.

Semyon Bychkov, Richard Jones and Aleksandra Kurzak among the winners at the Opera Awards 2015

27 April 2015
Semyon Bychkov, Richard Jones and Aleksandra Kurzak among the winners at the Opera Awards 2015

The awards, now in their third year, celebrate excellence in opera and provide bursaries for emerging talent.

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