Barbara de Limburg

Set Designer

The Brussels native studied set design at La Cambre, École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels in Brussels, and initially worked in theater and dance, before expanding into opera. Laurent Pelly’s production of Cendrillon at Santa Fe in 2006, de Limburg’s debut operatic set design, later triumphed in London, Brussels, Barcelona, Lille, and most recently at the Metropolitan Opera. The designer’s ongoing collaboration with Pelly include this season’s new Falstaff at the Teatro Rreal in Madrid (coproduction with Brussels, Bordeaux, and Nikkikai Opera Foundation Tokyo). Other titles together include Béatrice et Bénédict (Glyndebourne), Le Coq d’Or (Brussels, Madrid, Nancy), L’enfant et les sortilèges (Glyndebourne, Saito Kinen Matsumoto, La Scala), Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Toulouse), Don Quichotte (Brussels), The Cunning Little Vixen (Saito Kinen Matsumoto, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino), Hansel and Gretel (Glyndebourne, Lyon, Madrid, Seattle) and La finta semplice (Vienna). Work with other directors includes La traviata (Nantes), Hansel and Gretel (Nantes, Nancy), Idomeneo (Strasbourg), and Benvenuto Cellini and Il viaggio a Reims (Nuremberg). Theatrical work includes Sous la ceinture for Théâtre Varia, Brussels, and Théâtre National de Bordeaux (Delphine Salkin); and several titles with Agathe Mélinand, most recently Vers Santeuil, a work based on Marcel Proust’s Jean Santeuil.

Lyric debut: Set designer/ Cendrillon (2018|19)

Last updated: December 1, 2018
Photo: LeGoff Gabarra