Sue Blane, whose costumes for The King and I were first seen in 2014 at Paris’s Théâtre du Châtelet, has designed three “Figaro operas” this season at Welsh National Opera: The Marriage of Figaro, The Barber of Seville, and Elena Langer’s Figaro Gets a Divorce. The British designer’s versatility in opera encompasses The Mikado (English National Opera), Carmen (Glyndebourne), Christmas Eve (ENO), Lohengrin (Bayreuth), The Barber of Seville (Scottish Opera), The Duenna and The Thieving Magpie (both for Opera North), Lulu (Tokyo), The Love for Three Oranges (Opera North/ENO), Capriccio (Berlin), Porgy and Bess (Glyndebourne), and La Fanciulla del West (La Scala). Important musical-theater productions in London include The Rocky Horror Show (also on Broadway and on film), Guys and Dolls (National Theatre), Into the Woods (Old Vic/West End), and Cabaret (Donmar Warehouse). Other theater credits include The Relapse (National Theatre), King John and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company), Sylvia and Aladdin (Birmingham Royal Ballet). Current productions include The Judas Kiss (Toronto and New York), and Roman Polanski’s Dance of the Vampires (Berlin). Blane received an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in 2006.
Lyric Opera debut: The King and I (2015|16)
Last updated: April 29, 2016