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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.
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 sets 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. Her regular partners include Laurent Pelly and Laura Scozzi.
Born in Brussels, she studied set design at La Cambre, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels in Brussels, graduating in 1996. Initially her work was exclusively in the theatre, expanding into opera just a few years ago. Theatrical work has included a successful collaboration with the choreographer Bud Blumenthal, their productions including Groundscape in Essen and Brussels, Les Reflets d’Ulysse in Liège in 2005 and Brussels in 2006 and Dowhileloop in Brussels and Paris in 2007. In 2011 theatre design included Tennessee Williams – Short Stories directed by Agathe Mélinand at Théâtre National du Toulouse and plans include Sous La Ceinture for Théâtre Varia Brussels and Théâtre National de Bordeaux) with Delphine Salkin.
Her debut opera design was Massenet’s Cendrillon for Santa Fe Opera in 2006, directed by Laurent Pelly. Her collaboration with Laurent Pelly continued in 2007 with Mozart’s La Finta semplice (Theater an der Wien), Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel (Glyndebourne, 2008), Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen (Saito Kinen Festival, Japan 2008 and Maggio Musicale, Florence 2009), and Massenet’s Don Quichotte (La Monnaie, Brussels and Teatro Massimo, Palermo 2010). Work with director Laura Scozzi includes set design for Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini (2008).
Most recently, she enjoyed great critical acclaim in a collaboration with Laurent Pelly on Ravel’s L'enfant et les sortilèges, a co-production for Glyndebourne Festival and Saito Kinen Festival. Other recent work includes set design for Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle with Jean-Philippe Delavault in Tourcoing, The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny for the Thèâtre National du Capitole, Toulouse, (Pelly) and Rossini’s Il viaggio à Reims for Nuremberg State Opera, (Scozzi). Plans for 2012/13 include La traviata for Angers Nantes Opéra. In addition Barbara continues to work on numerous revivals of her existing designs, including 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 Hänsel und Gretel for Opera National de Lyon.
She has also assisted designer Chantal Thomas on Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (L’Opéra national de Paris, Bastille and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden) and La Fille du Régiment (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, New York), directed by Laurent Pelly.
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