Robert Innes Hopkins

Set Designer

The renowned British designer has earned equal acclaim in opera and theater. Highlighting the 2018|19 season are The Lady in the Van (Theatre Royal, Bath), Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company), and a new production of War and Peace (Welsh National Opera), the latter a collaboration with his frequent colleague, director David Pountney. Among Hopkins’s many previous productions with Pountney have been Prince Igor (Zurich Opera House), Carmen (Bolshoi Theatre), and most recently Iain Bell’s In Parenthesis (Welsh National Opera, world premiere). Among the designer’s most important operatic achievements are works of Verdi (Rigoletto, Welsh National Opera), Wagner (The Flying Dutchman, WNO; Lohengrin, San Francisco Opera; Tristan und Isolde, Venice), Janáček (The Cunning Little Vixen, San Francisco Opera), Britten (Peter Grimes, Billy Budd, both at The Santa Fe Opera), Puccini (Madama Butterfly, Den Jyske Opera in Aarhus, Denmark), and Bernd Alois Zimmermann (Die Soldaten for the Ruhr Triennale, which won Germany’s highly prestigious Opernwelt Award). The designer’s theater credits include productions at the Chichester Festival (King Lear, also seen at the Brooklyn Academy of Music), in London for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Old Vic, Nottingham Playhouse, and Bristol Old Vic, among other companies.

Previously at Lyric: Siegfried (2018|19); Die Walküre (2017|18); Das Rheingold (2016|17); Rigoletto (2012|13, 2005|06).

Last updated: November 3, 2018