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Barbara de Limburg

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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.

El Pais, Falstaff, Teatro Real

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.

Le Soir, Le Coq d’Or, La Monnaie/de Munt

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 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.

Offenbach, Le Voyage dans la lune, Opéra Comique 2021

Verdi: Falstaff, Teatro Real, 2019

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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