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Luis Carvalho

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Biography

Born and brought up in Portugal, Luis F. Carvalho came to London in 1991 to follow his passion and study Theatre Design. He has first-class honours degrees in Theatre/Film Design and Women’s-Wear Fashion Design from Wimbledon School of Art and Central Saint Martins College respectively.

Since graduating, Luis has worked extensively in the theatre and fashion industry and in 2012 set up ‘Riotous’ theatre company with co-founders Mia Theil-Have and Nikola Kodjabashia.

Design projects include: ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’ (Aalto Theatre Germany 2017), ‘La Fanciulla del West’ (Teatro all Scala Italy 2016), ‘Blixen’ (The Print Room 2016), ‘La Boheme’ (Opera Zuid Holland 2016), Schlumberger Plenary (Paris 2016), ‘Insomnia’ (Teatro Vascello Rome/Park Theatre London 2015), ‘ Romeo & Juliet’ (Riverside Opera, Rose Theatre Kingston 2014), ‘Penelope X’ (Macedonia Opera & Ballet 2014), ‘I Do!’ (Guimaraes Noc Noc Festival, Portugal 2013),‘Giulio Cesare’ (Stand Moutier, Switzerland 2013), ‘Sarha’(Guimaraes Culture Capitol of Europe 2012, Portugal),‘Darkroom’ (Guimaraes Noc Noc Festival, Portugal 2012),‘Turn of the Screw’ (Theater an der Wien, Austria 2011), ‘The Human Voice’ (Trafalgar Studios, Westend), ‘The Sound of Silence’ (Trafalgar Studios, Westend), ‘Untitled’(Dance Short Film, London), ‘Profili’ (Bloomsbury Theatre, London), ‘Hong Kong Depression 1999’ (Place Theatre, London), ‘Quirk’ (Place Theatre, London), ‘Juicy Bits’ (Lyric Hammersmith, London).

Previous collaborations include: ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ (UK/USA Mega Tour), ‘Turn of the screw’ (Los Angeles Opera), ‘A Dog’s Heart’ (Dutch National Opera/English National Opera), ‘Don Giovanni’ (Glyndebourne Opera Festival), ‘The Coronation of Poppea’ (Theater An Der Wien), ‘Aida’ (Bergenz Opera), ‘The Fairy Queen’ (Glyndebourne Opera Festival), ‘Marguerite’ (Theatre Royal Haymarket), ‘As You Desire Me’ (The Playhouse), ‘Lucio Silla’ (Santa Fe Opera), ‘Hecuba’ (Donmar Warehouse).

Luis has also assisted: Paul Brown on ‘War & Peace’ (The Mariinsky), ‘Le Roi Arthus’ (Opera Bastille), ‘Nabucco’ (Tokyo National Theatre), ‘Hippolyte et Aricie’ (Glyndebourne Opera Festival), ‘Die Zauberflote’ (Salzburg Festspiele), ‘Die Zauberflote’ (Bolshoi), ‘Kata Kabanova’ (Santa Fe Opera), ‘Man of La Mancha’ (Broadway); Peter J. Davison on ‘Cyrano’ (Metropolitan Opera), ‘Die Walkure’/ ‘Fidelio’ (Washington Opera), ‘The Seasons’ (Royal opera House), ‘Guillaume Tell’ (Bastille Opera), ‘La Boheme’ (Royal Albert Hall), ‘Democracy’ (National Theatre), ‘Whistle Down the Wind’ (Aldwych Theatre), ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ (UK Tour); Mark Thompson on ‘Macbeth’ (Metropolitan Opera), ‘On The Third Day’ (New Ambassadors), ‘The Alchemist’ (The National Theatre); Anthony Ward on ‘Mary Stuart’ (West End), ‘Mary Stuart’ (Broadway); Maria Bjornson on ‘Il Trovatore’ (Metropolitan Opera); Robert I. Hopkins on ‘The Enchantress’ (Kirov Opera) and Robert Jones on ‘The Sound Of Music’ and ‘Noises Off ’ (Broadway)