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Barbara de Limburg designs for both theatre and opera, producing beautiful and imaginative sets that are in harmony with and complement fully the work of the directors with whom she collaborates. She works regularly with renowned director Laurent Pelly, amongst others. Current highlights include L’enfant et les sortilèges (Glyndebourne Festival and Saito Kinen Festival), La traviata for Angers-Nantes Opéra, Massenet’s Cendrillon (Royal Opera House Covent Garden, La Monnaie Brussels, Opéra de Lille and Teatro del Liceu Barcelona) and Rossini’s Il Viaggio à Reims for Nuremberg State Opera. Other notable successes include Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen for Saito Kinen, and Hansel & Gretel for the Glyndebourne Festival. Recent theatre work has included Sous La Ceinture for Théâtre Varia Brussels and Théâtre National de Bordeaux and Erik Satie - Mémoires d’un Amnésique for TNT Toulouse.
29 Jan 2014
Laurent Pelly’s production of Ravel’s only two surviving operas L’heure espagnole and L’enfant et les Sortilèges received critical acclaim at the 2012 Glyndebourne Festival and...
19 Dec 2013
Pelly’s production of Massenet’s Cendrillon is the very first to be staged at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. This production (with costume design by Pelly himself) is a book of fairy tales...
11 Oct 2013
Barbara de Limburg and Laurent Pelly’s contemporary, beautiful staging of Humperdinck’s sugar-rush opera Hansel & Gretel - created for the Festival in 2008 - returns for the Glyndebourne...
19 Aug 2013
Following the highly-acclaimed 2012 Glyndebourne production of Ravel’s only two surviving operas L’heure espagnole and L’enfant et les Sortilèges, world-renowned director and...
24 May 2013
Internationally renowned set designer, Barbara de Limburg, marks her La Traviata debut as she weaves her wildly imaginative wand over the Angers Nante Opéra stage. Joining her in this new...
08 Jan 2013
Barbara De Limburg and Laurent Pelly’s productions of Ravel's operas L'heure Espagnole and L'enfant et les sortilèges at Glyndebourne 2012 have been named as one of the...
31 Jul 2012
Creative trio Laurent Pelly, Kazushi Ono and Barbara De Limburg have received high praise following the extraordinary opening night of a sell out performance of Glyndebourne’s Ravel Double Bill:...
05 Jul 2011
For the first time ever, The Royal Opera presents the story of Cinderella as told in Massenet’s opera. Laurent Pelly opens his production, for which he has also designed the...
16 Feb 2011
Designer Barbara de Limburg has just opened an innovative new production of Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims at the Nuremberg State Opera, directed by Laura Scozzi, one of her regular collaborators....
03 Nov 2010
At Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse, four ICA artists join forces in an exciting new production of Kurt Weill’s political-satirical opera The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. Directed...
Observer (L'Enfant et les Sortigeles, Glyndebourne) - Aug 2012
WhatsonStage (L'Enfant et les Sortigeles, Glyndebourne) - Aug 2012
The Times (L'Enfant et les Sortigeles, Glyndebourne) - Aug 2012
Daily Mail Online (L'Enfant et les Sortigeles, Glyndebourne) - Aug 2012
Sunday Times (L'Enfant et les Sortigeles Glyndebourne) - Aug 2012
The Arts Desk (L'Enfant et les Sortigeles, Glyndebourne) - Aug 2012
The Observer (Cendrillon, Royal Opera House) - Jul 2011
The Arts Desk (Cendrillon, Royal Opera House) - Jul 2011
The Independent (Cendrillon, Royal Opera House) - Jul 2011
Ceasefire (Cendrillon, Royal Opera House) - Jul 2011
The Arts Desk (Hansel and Gretel, Glyndebourne Festival Opera) - Jul 2010
The New Mexican (Cendrillon / Santa Fe Opera) - Jul 2006
Musical America (Cendrillon) - Aug 2006
Musical America (Hänsel & Gretel, Glyndebourne) - Jul 2008
Daily Telegraph (Hänsel & Gretel, Glyndebourne) - Jul 2008
Barbara de Limburg designs for both theatre and opera, producing beautiful and imaginative sets that are in harmony with and 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 in Brussels, graduating in 1996. Initially she worked mainly in theatre and in dance, expanding into opera in recent years.
Dance projects have included a successful collaboration with choreographer Bud Blumenthal, their productions together including Groundscape in Essen and Brussels, Les Reflets d’Ulysse in Liège in 2005 and Brussels in 2006 and Dowhileloop in both Brussels and Paris in 2007.
Recent theatre designs include Tennessee Williams – Short Stories (director Agathe Mélinand) at Théâtre National de Toulouse and Sous La Ceinture for Théâtre Varia Brussels and Théâtre National de Bordeaux with Delphine Salkin. Most recently, she designed Erik Satie - Mémoires d’un Amnésique in Toulouse, which will enjoy revival in 2014 at TGP – Saint Denis, Théâtre de Sartrouville and TNT.
Recent work in the opera house includes a highly-successful collaboration with Laurent Pelly on Ravel’s L'enfant et les sortilèges, a co-production for Glyndebourne Festival (2012) and Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto (2013), and also available on DVD (FRA Musica). In 2013, she designed La traviata for Angers Nantes Opéra (director Emmanuel Bastet) and other recent work includes numerous revivals of her existing designs, notably Cendrillon at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (2011), La Monnaie, Brussels (2011), Opéra de Lille (2012) and Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona (2013) and L'enfant et les sortilèges in Rome (2014).
Her debut opera design was Massenet’s Cendrillon for the Santa Fe Opera in 2006, directed by Laurent Pelly. This collaboration continued in 2007 with Mozart’s La Finta semplice (Theater an der Wien), Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel (Glyndebourne Festival 2008, Glyndebourne Tour 2008, 2013 and revival by Opéra de Lyon 2010), Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen (Saito Kinen Festival, Japan 2008 and Maggio Musicale, Florence 2009), Massenet’s Don Quichotte (La Monnaie, Brussels and Teatro Massimo, Palermo 2010) and The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Grand Thèâtre du Capitole, Toulouse 2010). Work with director Laura Scozzi includes set design for Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini (2008) and Rossini’s Il viaggio à Reims for Nuremberg State Opera in 2011. Other projects include designs for Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle with Jean-Philippe Delavault in Tourcoing.
Elliot Madore, François Piolino, Stéphanie d’Oustrac, Alek Shrader, Paul Gay, Khatouna Gadelia, Elodie Mechain, Julie Pasturaud, Kathleen Kim, Natalia Brzezinska,Hila Fahima, Kirsty Stokes
The Glyndebourne Chorus
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Kazushi Ono (Conductor)
Laurent Pelly (Director)
DVD Release on FRA Musica, 2012
Jean-Philippe Lafont, Ewa Podles, Madeleine Pierard, Joyce DiDonato, Eglise Gluttierez, Alice Coote
Royal Opera Chorus
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Bertrand De Billy (Conductor)
Laurent Pelly (Director & Costume design)
DVD Release on Virgin Classics, 2012
Jennifer Holloway, Adriana Kucerova, Irmgard Vilsmaier, Klaus Kuttler, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Amy Freston and Malin Christensson
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Kazushi Ono (conductor)
Laurent Pelly (Director)
DVD released on Decca, 2008