Isabella Bywater

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Director & Designer

Awards

2011 Golden Sofit Award for Best Opera Production for A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Mariinsky, St Petersburg.

Nominations

2011 2x Golden Mask Awards for best production design and best costume design for A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Mariinsky, St Petersburg.


Isabella is director and designer. She has designed sets and costumes for over 50 productions both in the UK and internationally. As a designer she has collaborated with many directors, including Jonathan Miller, with whom she worked for over 17 years. She is also a sculptor and studied philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London.


Faust - Mariinsky Theatre
Isabella Bywater’s Faust at Mariinsky: fresh ideas, rich colours, musically responsive. Knocks out the Victorian stuffing.
— Telegraph Opera - Rupert Christiansen
Lucia Di Lammermoor - Danish National Opera
Grippling and moving. The mad scene was paralysing – violent, gentle, wild, despairing and dreamy, leading down several paths at once. An unexpected ecstasy.
— ★★★★ - Gregers Dirckinck-Holmfeld

Gallery


2019

Production

Company

Suor Angelica Den Norske Opera (Oslo), Dir. Isabella Bywater

2018

Production

Company

Il Tabarro & Gianni Schicchi Den Norske Opera (Oslo), Dir. Isabella Bywater
Idomeneo Buxton Festival Opera (England), Dir. Stephen Medcalf

2017

Production

Company

Don Pasquale Bilbao Opera, Dir. Jonathan Miller
La Bohème (Revival) Cincinnati & English National Opera, Dir. Jonathan Miller

2016

Production

Company

La Bohème (Revival) Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona), Dir. Jonathan Miller

2015

Production

Company

La Bohème (Revival) San Diego Opera (California), Dir. Isabella Bywater
La Traviata Mariinsky Theatre (St Petersburg), Dir. Claudia Solti
King Lear Northern Broadsides, Dir. Jonathan Miller

2014

Production

Company

Lucia Di Lammermoor Den Jyske Opera (Copenhagen), Dir. Isabella Bywater