Barbara de LimburgDesigner
The excellent scenery of Barbara de Limburg metamorphoses naturally, enlarging or dwarfing the stage, never betraying the original dramaturgy and providing in Ford's house spaces at different levels, hiding enough for them to manoeuvre one another. In the final scene, the forest as such does not exist, but lights and shadows frame the entanglement. What was already anticipated in the second act becomes starkly evident when a reflective wall shows fleetingly to the spectators in their seats: we are all deceived.
We are witnessing stupendously effective stage design - a scenic work as cunning as it is clever, where the fairytale becomes modern and the irony is clear behind the amusement on the surface.
Barbara de Limburg designs for both theatre and opera, creating sets with great style, imagination and visual beauty. Born in Brussels, she studied set design at La Cambre, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels in Brussels. Initially she worked mainly in theatre and in dance, enjoying a successful partnership with choreographer Bud Blumenthal, before expanding into opera.
Barbara enjoys a collaboration with director Laurent Pelly; current and recent projects include Offenbach’s Le Voyage dans la Lune for L’Opéra Comique in Paris/Greek National Opera/Volksoper Wien, Falstaff for Teatro Real Madrid/La Monnaie de Munt/Opéra national de Bordeaux/Nikikai Opera Foundation, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Le Coq d’Or for La Monnaie de Munt/Teatro Real Madrid/Opéra national de Lorraine – winner of the Prix de l'Europe Francophone awarded by L’Association Professionnelle de la Critique – and Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénedict and Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges for the Gyndebourne Festival.
Collaborations with other directors include Idomeneno with Christophe Gayral for Opéra national du Rhin and La traviata and Hänsel und Gretel for Angers Nantes Opéra with Emmanuel Bastet. In 2021-22 Barbara collaborated with directors/authors wearelusi.com on the creation of a new piece based on Alice in Wonderland, performed in a spiegeltent and premiering in Milan in December 2021. Plans include a project with director James Bonas for Génération Opéra, as well as several revivals of existing productions.
News and Articles
Brilliant staging marks the return of 'Falstaff' to the Teatro RealEl Pais 2 May 2019
Laurent Pelly's production of Massenet's Cendrillion premieres at the Metropolitan Opera10 April 2018
Awards for Maestro Arts Artists19 June 2017
Pelly and de Limburg enthrall audiences with their Golden Cockerel12 December 2016
A fun and feisty trip through the woods with Hansel and Gretel in Seattle18 October 2016
Starry Nights at Glyndebourne as Béatrice finds her Bénédict21 July 2016
New production of Hansel and Gretel opens at Nantes OperaSet Design by Barbara de Limburg 11 December 2015