Maria Björnson

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Maria Björnson designed extensively for theatre, opera and ballet. In 1979 and 1988 she was part of the British theatre design team awarded The Golden Troika Prazké Quadriennale. In 1983 she was awarded the Silver Medal for the Janacek Competition Prazké Quadriennale. In 1990 she was awarded The Observer’s Experts’ Expert, The Designers’ Designer, in recognition of her contribution to theatre design. In 1999 she was awarded the 19th Franco Abbiato Prize. She received numerous awards for her The Phantom of the Opera designs, among them two Tony Awards, two Outer Critics’ Circle Awards and two Drama Critics’ Awards, all for Best Costume and Set.

At the time of her death, Maria had completed designs for The Trojans (NY Met), The Little Prince (Houston Grand Opera) and the set designs for Il Trovatore (Paris Opera). All three productions were directed by Francesca Zambello in 2003.Musical theatre includes: The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre, Broadway, nationally and internationally), Aspects of Love (Prince of Wales Theatre and Broadway) and Follies (Shaftesbury). Theatre includes: The Cherry Orchard (RNT); Measure for Measure, The Blue Angel, Camille, Hamlet, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Way of the World (RSC); Plenty, Phèdre, Britannicus, The Lulu Plays, Creditors (Almeida); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue); The Lonely Road (Old Vic); The Cherry Orchard (Chichester Festival Theatre); Vieux Carré (Piccadilly); Hedda Gabler (Duke of York’s); Antony and Cleopatra (Globe).

Opera includes: Don Giovanni, Sleeping Beauty; Katya Kabanova; Der Rosenkavalier (Royal Opera House); Macbeth (La Scala); The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Bastille Opera, Teatro Verdi Maggio Musicale Florence, Teatro Don Giovanni (Batignano); Cosi Fan Tutti (Glyndebourne); Le Nozze de Figaro (Geneva); Carmen, Die Walküre, Toussaint L’Ouverture (English National Opera); Donnerstag aus Licht (Royal Opera House, Stockhausen); The Queen of Spades (Netherlands Opera); Werther (Opera North); The Janacek Cycle (Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera); Don Giovanni, Hansel and Gretel and Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Scottish Opera).