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Yannis Thavoris

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  • Petrushka Scene 2
  • Petrushka Scene 4 - The Fair in the Evening
  • Pelléas Act 1 Scene 3


Yannis Thavoris was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. He is the winner of the 1997 Linbury Prize for Stage Design. He holds a diploma from the School of Architecture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a Master of Arts in European Scenography from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design.

Yannis has worked in opera, theatre & architecture. His recent designs include:
MERLIN (Royal Theatre Northampton), LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST (Opera Holland Park), RIGOLETTO (Bucharest National Opera),
LA NAVARRAISE / LE PORTRAIT DE MANON / COMEDY ON THE BRIDGE (Guildhall School of Music and Drama), LA DONNA DEL LAGO (costumes - Royal Opera), LA FINTA GIARDINERA (Buxton Festival)
THE LADY FROM THE SEA (Scottish Opera), TOSCA (Santa Fe Opera), DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE (Royal Academy of Music), MADAM BUTTERFLY (Mid Wales Opera); PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE (Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires); SAUL (Buxton Festival); RITA - IOLANTA (Guildhall School of Music and Drama)

also LA BOHÈME (British Youth Opera); DON GIOVANNI, PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE (Opera Holland Park); THE GREAT EXTENSION (Theatre Royal Stratford East), PETRUSHKA for Scottish Ballet at the 2009 Edinburgh Festival; KATYA KABANOVA (Opera Holland Park 2009); THE KING GOES FORTH TO FRANCE (Guildhall School 2009); GIGI (Regent’s Park 2008); TOSCA (Opera Holland Park 2008 and Richmond Theatre 2009); AÏDA (sets - Welsh National Opera); JENUFA and NABUCCO (Opera Holland Park), THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO (Sets - English National Opera); A NIGHT AT THE CHINESE OPERA (Royal Academy of Music); the sets for COSI FAN TUTTE (Opéra National du Rhin 2005, Oviedo 2006 and Scottish Opera 2009); sets and costumes for ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (British tour 2005); sets for LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN (2007) and OPERA SERIA (2005) at the Nationale Reisopera, the Netherlands; sets and costumes for LA CLEMENZA DI TITO (Royal Danish Opera and E.N.O. with David McVicar 2004/05); THE BATTLE OF GREEN LANES (Theatre Royal Stratford East); CANDIDE (Birmingham Opera 2003) and Tchaikovsky's OPRICHNIK (Cagliari 2003) both directed by Graham Vick; Britten's THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA (Aldeburgh Festival, English National Opera and BBCTV) and Puccini's MADAMA BUTTERFLY (Scottish Opera) both directed by David McVicar; THE RAKE'S PROGRESS directed by Annabel Arden (E.N.O.); THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT for English Touring Opera.

Work in progress includes
ARIODANTE (Scottish Opera), I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI (Buxton Festival), DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER (Estonian National Opera)