Antony McDonald

Director and Designer

Antony McDonald

Lohengrin at the Welsh National Opera is the winner of the TMA "Achievement in Opera" Award 2013

 

Work as Director
2015
Fiddler on the Roof Grange Park Opera
Costume Design: Gabrielle Dalton
2014
Lohengrin Polish National Opera
Lighting Design: Lucy Carter
La Finta Giardineira Glyndebourne
Ein Reigen Volksoper Wien, Austria
2013
L'Enfant et les Sortileges (revival) Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow
Choreographer: Lucy Burge
The Importance of Being Earnest NI Opera
* Irish Times Awards 2014 nominee for Best Costumes category and Best Opera category*
'It's hard to imagine a more colourful, witty and deliriously enjoyable staging than this one.'....'Barry has written that rare thing, a modern operatic comedy with wings.' Hugh Canning - Opera Magazine
Lohengrin Welsh National Opera/ Co -production with Polish National Opera, Warsaw
Lighting Design: Lucy Carter
2012
L'Enfant et les Sortileges Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow
Choreographer: Lucy Burge
Queen of Spades Grange Park Opera
Gotterdämmerung Nationale Reisopera
Associate Costume Designer: Gabrielle Dalton
Choreographer: Lucy Burge

'With 'Götterdämmerung', the final part of Richard Wagner's mammoth cycle 'Der Ring des Nibelungen', the National Reisopera in Enschede brings the curtain down with great elegance on an especially successful project spread out over four years. Alas, it is also the end of the Reisopera in its old form.....When Valhalla finally went up in flames and the Rhine broke its banks and the natural order was once more restored, it was evident that Spanjaard and his troops kept their powder dry. In conjunction with the spectacular tableau dreamt up by McDonald - a runaway Ferris wheel on fire - this 'Ring' came to a fiercely blazing end. It is a 'Ring' that McDonald has kept deliberately parochial. A bourgeois 'Ring' in which, first and foremost, a plain story is told in simple, clear language. We had already seen that Ferris wheel in 'Das Rheingold' when it was a component part of the Valhalla built by the giants, a long way away in the mountains. At the time, the family of Wotan were taking amusing snaps of each other while they waited at a tiny station for the little cogwheel train that would carry them up there. Now, at the start of 'Götterdämmerung' , the snapshots were in the photo album being leafed through by the Nornen over a dainty cup of coffee. The album ended torn into pieces, the snapshots flew into the air; this family would be meeting its end.

McDonald invented beautiful images, to which he added ravishing scenery (the majestic house of the Gibichungen on the Rhine) and costumes (the stunning, mud-edged dresses of the Rhinemaidens). His stage direction was likewise spick and span. Rarely have we seen such a well-personified, la-di-da Gunther as this - sung, incidentally, with great class by Thomas Oliemans.

In the person of Renatus Mészár, the nutcase Hagen (who licks the leftover blood from the ground after the blood brothers scene because he wants to belong so much) was troubled by a throat infection that was playing up, but what a vile figure he portrayed!' Trouw, Peter van der Lint

2011
Siegfried Nationale Reisopera
Associate Costume Designer: Gabrielle Dalton
Choreographer: Lucy Burge
Rusalka (revival) Grange Park Opera
Associate Costume Designer: Gabrielle Dalton
Choreographer: Lucy Burge
2010
Maria Stuarda Opera North
Lighting Design: Lucy Carter
'In his exquisite staging for Opera North, Antony McDonald takes us as far as possible from history without banishing it altogether. There are occasional hints of Tudor ruffs and tunics, but in the main we are watching an imaginary early 19th-century drama that spills over, in the mid 20th-centruy suits of the courtiers, to a world not so different from our own. It's subtly done, so that our attention is focussed less on period manners and vocal pirouettes, more on the timeless play of personalities and politics.' Andrew Clark, Financial Times
Die Walkure Nationale Reisopera
Associate Costume Designer: Gabrielle Dalton
Choreographer: Lucy Burge
2009
Das Rheingold Nationale Resiopera
Associate Costume Designer: Gabrielle Dalton
Choreographer: Lucy Burge

2008

Rusalka Grange Park Opera
Associate Costume Designer: Gabrielle Dalton
Choreographer: Lucy Burge
'Played out in a sinister woodcut, with pale, cold moon and leafless, grey-green trees, McDonald's Rusalka is virtually flawless...'
Anna Picard, The Sunday Independent
'McDonald, whose simple, evocative sets and sumptious fin de siecle costumes rank with his finest designs, explores the dark side of the myth, bringing it closer to the disturbing and gory narrative of Andersen's The Little Mermaid.' Hugh Canning, The Times
Tsarevitch Sudostbayerisches Stadtetheater, Germany
Choreographer: Lucy Burge

1992 - 2006

Manon

Nationale Reisopera

'Director and Designer Antony McDonald surrounded Manon with an historical ambiance... Beautifully done.' Peter van der Lint Trouw, The Netherlands Press

The Knot Garden

Scottish Opera

Wonderful Town

Grange Park Opera

Aida

Scottish Opera

King Priam

Nationale Reisopera, Netherlands

Aida

Scottish Opera

The Makropolous Case

Scottish Opera Go Round

Snatched by the Gods

 

Broken Strings
by Param Vir

Scottish Opera



Samson and Dalila

Scottish Opera

The Country Wife

Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

The Nine Lives of Gertrude Stein

Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Escape at Sea

Second Stride

The Birthday Party

Citizen’s Theatre, Glasgow

 

In collaboration with Richard Jones, Festivals 1999 - 2002 Co-director & Co-designer.

Un Ballo in Maschera

Bregenzer Festspiele – Lakeside Stage
Filmed by ORF

La Boheme

Bregenzer Festspiele

Filmed by ORF (Austria) and NHK (Japan).

L’Enfant et les Sortileges

 

Der Zwerg

Garnier Theatre, Paris Opera

   

Work as Director/Designer - Dance

1993
Escape at Sea Second Stride
Chors Ian Spink & Ashley Page
Agent - Loesje Sanders
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