Both a designer and a director, Charles Edwards has earned acclaim in a wide variety of repertoire internationally. Among his designs in the U.K. are, for the Royal Opera House, Adriana Lecouvreur (also Paris, Barcelona, Vienna, San Francisco, and Paris), Faust (also Monte Carlo, Lille, Trieste, and Australia), Elektra, and Werther (also Paris); and for English National Opera, Norma (also Bordeaux), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (also Moscow), Lucia di Lammermoor (Göteborg, Washington, Toronto), Jenůfa, and Makropulos Affair (also Prague). His designs have also been seen at the Metropolitan Opera and the major companies of Lisbon, Bonn, Vienna, Hamburg, Houston, San Francisco, and Dallas, among many others. This season Edwards’s designs will be seen at 11 international companies, including new productions of Kiss Me, Kate (Graz), Adriana Lecouvreur (Met), and I masnadieri (La Scala). He most recently directed Pagliacci for Opera North for the company’s “Little Greats” season, designing and lighting all six productions. In 2016 he directed the prologue of Les contes d’Hoffmann, in a composite production by four directors for Wuppertaler Bühnen und Sinfonieorchester. Other directing includes Elektra (Covent Garden), Don Quichotte and Idomeneo (Grange Park), Joshua, Rigoletto, and Oedipus Rex (Opera North), Così fan tutte (Mid-Wales Opera), and Maria di Rohan (Wexford).
Previously at Lyric: Five operas since 1993|94, most recently Il trovatore (2018|19, 2014|15, 2006|07); Billy Budd (2001/02); Macbeth (1999|00).
Last updated: November 17, 2018
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