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Ruth Paton

SBTD Designer

Ruth Paton

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Biography

Professional

Ruth is a set and costume designer. She trained at the Motley Theatre Design Course and is based in South London.
Ruth is a lead artist for the Learning and Participation departments at Garsington Opera, English National Opera and the Royal Opera House where she also works on the annual Design Challenge. Formal teaching includes projects for several art colleges and universities.
Ruth has enjoyed long term relationships with several directors including George Peck at the Oxford School of Drama, Thomas Guthrie, Mark Down, Tim Yealland and Karen Gillingham. Since 2014 she has been associate artist at Blind Summit since 2014.
Ruth’s love of music has led to designing many operas and music productions nationally (recently at the Barbican and Longborough Festival Opera) and internationally (Bregenz and Spoleto Festivals, Abu Dhabi National Theatre, Princeton Universities). She also enjoys collaborations with orchestras including the CLS, the AAM and the OAE.


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Role:
Designer
Year:
2018
Venue:
LONGBOROUGH OPERA

I wanted to make a world that let the storytelling live and, when combined with Wagner’s all consuming music, takes the audience on a journey with Senta. We chose to set the piece in the remote landscape of a 1950’s fishing village inspired by those on Norway’s northern coast. There, Senta’s battle between the world of her imagination and the practicalities of living life, as is expected of her, are palpable as is her desire for escape.

Credits:

Conductor:
Anthony Negus
Director:
Thomas Guthrie
Designer:
Ruth Paton
Lighting Designer:
Ben Ormerod

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