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Conor Murphy

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  • The Government Inspector
  • The Magic Flute
  • Salome


Conor studied theatre design at Wimbledon School of Art in London and later gained an MA in Scenography in Holland. His work has been exhibited at the Prague Quadrennial, the SBTD exhibitions and recently at the World Stage Design 2013 exhibition in Cardiff where he was awarded a bronze medal for ‘Exceptional Achievement across all categories’.

Designs for opera include sets and costumes for “I Puritani” (Grange Park Opera), “La Clemenza di Tito” (Opera North), “Lohengrin” (Royal Swedish Opera), “La Bohème”, “Wake” and "The Turn of the Screw" (Nationale Reisopera), “The Magic Flute” (Korean National Opera), “Salome” (Opéra National de Montpellier and Korean National Opera), “The Rakes Progress” (Angers-Nantes Opéra), “Powder Her Face” (Royal Opera House, Linbury), “The Rape of Lucretia” (Vlaamse Opera), “Susannah” (Wexford), “Pierrot Lunaire” (Almeida Opera), “Greek” (Queen Elizabeth Hall and tour of UK/France), “The Country of the Blind” (Aldeburgh Festival and QEH), “The Lighthouse” (Neue Oper Wien), “The Magic Flute” (Opera Northern Ireland), “The Barber of Seville” (Cork Opera House), “The Marriage of Figaro” (Grange Park Opera), “The Fair Maid of Perth” (Buxton Festival), “La Bohème” (Augsburg), “Un Ballo in Maschera” (Opera Zuid) and the world premières of “Facing Goya” by Michael Nyman (touring Spain and Italy) and “Die Versicherung” by Jan Muller Wieland (Darmstadt). He has also designed sets for “Aida” (Lyric Opera, Ireland), “Olav Tryggvasson” (Norwegian Opera), “The Flying Dutchman” (Opera Zuid) and “Il Trovatore” (English National Opera).

Designs for dance include sets and costumes for “Labyrinth of Love” (Rambert Dance Company), “The Four Seasons” (Birmingham Royal Ballet), "Midsummer Night's Dream" (Donlon Dance Company) and sets for “Giselle Reloaded” and "Carmen" (Donlon Dance Company) and "Attempting Beauty" (Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Munich).

Designs for theatre include “The Government Inspector”, “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui”, “The Crucible”, “Woman and Scarecrow” and “The Rivals” (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), “The Real Thing” (Gate Theatre, Dublin), “The Birthday Party” (Bristol Old Vic), “Hoors” (Traverse), “Life is a Dream”, “Attempts on Her Life” and “Dream of Autumn” (Rough Magic, Dublin), “The Last Days of the Celtic Tiger” (Olympia, Dublin), “Major Barbara”, “The Playboy of the Western World” and "Sex Chips & Rock 'n Roll" (Royal Exchange), "Salome" (Riverside Studios), “Measure for Measure” (English Touring Theatre) and “Summer Begins” (Donmar Warehouse).