Rimsky-Korsakov: Le Coq d'Or, La Monnaie / De Munt, 2016 (detail) View full image

Barbara de Limburg

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There's applause when the curtain rises on Barbara de Limburg's set - rightly so, with Khatouna Gadelia's pre-pubescent vandal hilariously dwarfed by giant table, chair and mother.

The Times, L'enfant et les sortilèges, Glyndebourne

Barbara de Limburg designs for both theatre and opera, producing beautiful and imaginative sets that complement fully the work of the directors with whom she collaborates. Born in Brussels, she studied set design at La Cambre, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels, graduating in 1996. Initially she worked mainly in theatre and in dance, subsequently expanding into opera. 

Current and recent works include a new production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Le Coq d’Or directed by Laurent Pelly (La Monnaie Brussels, Teatro Real Madrid, Opera national de Lorraine) and winner of the  Prix de l'Europe Francophone awarded by L’Association Professionnelle de la Critique and Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénedict (also with Pelly) for the 2016 Glyndebourne Festival. This season sees a revival of her stunning design for Massenet’s Cendrillon at the Metropolitan Opera, New York as well as the creation of Vers Santeuil , a work based on Marcel Proust’s Jean Santeuil at Théâtre national de Toulouse , written and directed by Agathe Mélinand.

Massenet: Cendrillon, Metropolitan Opera, 2018

Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel, Opéra national de Lorraine, 2017

Rimsky-Korsakov: Le Coq d'Or, La Monnaie / De Munt, 2016

Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict, Glyndebourne, 2016

Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilèges, Glyndebourne, 2015

Verdi: La traviata, Angers Nantes Opera, 2013

Satie: Mémoires d’un Amnésique, Théâtre national de Toulouse, 2013

Massenet: Cendrillon, Royal Opera London, 2011

Rossini: Il viaggio a Reims, Nuremberg State Opera, 2011

Williams: Short Stories, Théâtre national de Toulouse, 2011

Massenet: Don Quichotte, La Monnaie / De Munt, Brussels, 2010

Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel, Glyndebourne 2008

Janácek: The Cunning Little Vixen, Saito Kinen Festival, Matsumoto, 2008

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