Isabella Bywater

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


Designed & Directed by Isabella Bywater

Production

Company

Suor Angelica Den Norske Opera (Oslo)
Il Tabarro & Gianni Schicchi Den Norske Opera (Oslo)
La Boheme San Diego California
Lucia Di Lammermoor Jyske Opera
Faust Mariinsky Theatre

Directed by Jonathan Miller, Designed by Isabella Bywater

Production

Company

Boheme Liceu Barcelona
King Lear Northern Broadsides
Don Pasquale La Scala (Milan)
Rutherford & Sons Northern Broadsides
Don Pasquale The Royal Opera House
La Boheme Cincinnati & English National Opera
La Traviata Glimmerglass, Vancouver & New York City Opera
Fidelio Musikhuset Aarhus
Der Rosenkavalier New National Tokyo
The Cherry Orchard Sheffield Crucible
Jenufa Glimmerglass
L’Elisir d’Amore English National Opera & New York City Opera

Directed by Stephen Medcalf, Designed by Isabella Bywater

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Company

Idomeneo Buxton Festival Opera
Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail Ancona, Cagliari & Palermo
Ezio Theatre Des Champs-Elysees

Directed by Claudia Solti, Designed by Isabella Bywater

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La Traviata Mariinsky St Petersburg
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Mariinsky St Petersburg

Directed by Knut Hendriksen, Designed by Isabella Bywater

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The Macropulos Case Kungliga Stockholm
Cavalleria Rusticana Pagliacci Kungliga Stockholm

Directed by Francisco Negrin, Designed by Isabella Bywater

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King Arthur Guildhall School of M&DKing

Directed by Dominic Cooke, Designed by Isabella Bywater

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Of Mice & Men Nottingham Playhouse

Directed by Deborah Warner, Designed by Isabella Bywater

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Titus Andronicus Royal Shakespeare Company

Directed by Robert Carsen, Designed by Isabella Bywater

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The Turn of the Screw Britten Theatre London

Directed by Nicholas Hytner, Designed by Isabella Bywater

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Eugene Onegin Jack Lyons Theatre London