Maria Björnson (1949- 2002) designed extensively for theatre, opera and ballet. She received numberous awards for her The Phantom of the Opera designs, among them two Tony Awards, two Outer Critic’s Circle Awards and two Drama Critics Awards, all for best Set and Costume.
Other theatre cedits include Aspects of Love, Follies, The Cherry Orchard, Measure For Measure, The Blue Angel, Camille, Hamlet, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Way Of The World, Plenty, Phedre, Britannicus, The Lulu Plays, Creditors, Cat On A Hoy Tin Roof, The Lonely Road and The Cherry Orchard.
Opera work includes productions at The Royal Opera House, La Scala, Bastille Opera, Teatro Verdi Maggio Musicale Florence, Teatro Carlo Felice, Batignano, Glyndebourne, Geneva, English National Opera, Netherlands Opera, Opera North, Welsh national Opera and Scottish Opera.
Additoional awards include the Silver Medal for the Janáˇ cek Competition Prazké Quadriennale (1983); the Observer’s Expert, The Designer, in recognition of her contribution to the theatre design (1990); and the 19th Franco Abbiato Prize (1999).
At the time of her death, Maria had completed designs for THE TROJANS (The Met), THE LITTLE PRINCE (Houston Grand Opera) and the set designs for IL TROVATORE (Paris Opera), all three directed by Francesca Zambello.