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Yannis Thavoris

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  • Pelléas Act 1 Scene 2
  • Tosca Santa Fe Act 2

Biography

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:
CENDRILLON (Royal Northern College of Music), L'ELISIR D'AMORE (Den Jyske Opera Denmark), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Sibelius Opera Academy, Helsinki), ARIODANTE (Scottish Opera), I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI (Buxton Festival), ALCINA (Royal Academy Opera), WUTHERING HEIGHTS (National Theatre of Northern Greece), DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER (Estonian National Opera)LE DONNE CURIOSE, I PAZZI PER PROGETTO / THE DANCING MASTER (Guildhall School of Music and Drama);
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:
HÄNSEL UND GRETEL (Royal Northern College of Music), ORESTES (National Theatre of Northern Greece at the Festival of Epidaurus)
TOSCA (Nederlandse Reisopera), OTELLO (Magdeburg Opera)
ROMÉO ET JULIETTE (Estonian National Opera)