Isabella Bywater

Set and Costume Designer

Isabella Bywater has designed sets and costumes for over 50 productions worldwide including A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall (the Golden Sofit Award and seven nominations for Golden Mask), Falstaff and Der Rosenkavalier (New National Theatre Tokyo); Eugene Onegin (Santa Fe and Seattle Opera); Nabucco, Die Entführung aus dem Serail and La clemenza di Tito (Opernhaus Zurich); I puritani (Bayerische Staatsoper), Cavalleria rusticana, I pagliacci and Věc Makropulos (Royal Swedish Opera, Stockholm); L’elisir d’amore and La Bohème (English National Opera, London); Don Pasquale (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro Real, Valencia Opera); La Traviata and Jenůfa (Glimmerglass Opera, USA), La Traviata (New York City Opera and Vancouver Opera) and Aida (Royal Albert Hall, London).

She has had a long collaboration with Jonathan Miller and has also designed The Turn of the Screw directed by Robert Carsen, Der Fliegende Holländer directed by Keith Warner, King Arthur directed by Francisco Negrin; she has also designed Stephen Medcalf’s productions of The Duenna, The Snow Maiden, Madama Butterfly, Le nozze di Figaro, L’incontro improvviso, La finta giardiniera, Il re pastore, Ezio, L’elisir d’amore, Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Spinalba.

Theatre credits include the award winning Titus Andronicus (Royal Shakespeare Company) directed by Deborah Warner, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, The Wind in the Willows, A Dolls House, All My Sons, School for Wives, Jack and the Beanstalk, Of Mice and Men, Hedda Gabler, The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters and Rutherford and Son.

Isabella Bywater’s recent works includes directing and designing Gounod’s Faust at the Mariinsky in 2013, directing and designing Lucia di Lammermoor for Den Jyske Opera (Denmark, 2014) and directing and designing La Bohème at San Diego Opera in 2015.

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