Macbeth - click to enlarge
Graham Vick's 1997 production of Verdi's
Macbeth at La Scala Milan

Maria Bjornson was a remarkably hard working designer. She contributed work of a consistently high standard to over 120 projects.

Below is a list of productions she worked on.


Opera and Theatre credits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Production Composer/Writer Director Theatre/Location
2006
  The Phantom Of The Opera celebrated 20 years in London's West End on 9th October 2006    
  The Phantom Of The Opera Lloyd Webber Harold Prince Venetian, Las Vegas
2003
The Little Prince Francesca Zambello Houston Grand Opera
The Trojans Berlioz Francesca Zambello Metropolitan, New York
The Cunning Little Vixen Janacek David Pountney La Scala, Milan
2001/02
The Phantom Of The Opera Lloyd Webber Harold Prince Madrid, Stuttgart
Don Giovanni Mozart Francesca Zambello Royal Opera House

The Phantom of the Opera - click to enlarge
The Phantom Of The Opera - 'Masquerade Ball'
2000/01
The Rise & Fall Of Mahagonny Kurt Weill Graham Vick Genoa
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof Williams Anthony Page Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue
1999/2000
The Tales Of Hoffmann Offenbach John Schlesinger Royal Opera House
The Cherry Orchard Chekov Trevor Nunn Royal National Theatre
The Phantom Of The Opera Lloyd Webber Harold Prince Antwerp, Copenhagen, Mexico
Ernani Verdi Elijah Moshinsky English National Opera
Der Rosenkavalier (costumes) Strauss John Schlesinger Royal Opera House

Britannicus - click to enlarge
Diana Rigg as Agrippina and Toby Stephens as Nero
in Jonathan Kent's 1998 Almeida London
production of Racine's Britannicus
1998/99
Plenty David Hare Jonathan Kent Almeida, London
Phedre Racine Jonathan Kent Almeida, London
Britannicus Racine Jonathan Kent Almeida, London

Macbeth - click to enlarge
Chorus of witches from Graham Vick's 1997 La Scala
Milan production of Verdi's Macbeth
1997/98
The Phantom Of The Opera celebrated 10 years on Broadway on 26th January 1998
Macbeth Verdi Graham Vick La Scala, Milan

La Scala poster - click to enlarge
The poster for the La Scala production of Macbeth,
which featured set and costume designs by Maria
1996/97
The Phantom Of The Opera celebrated 10 years in London's West End on 9th October 1996
1995
The Rise And Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny Kurt Weill Graham Vick Bastille, Paris
The Phantom Of The Opera Lloyd Webber Harold Prince Basel

Sleeping Beauty - click to enlarge
Royal Ballet's 1994 Sleeping Beauty
1994
Don Giovanni Mozart Dalia Ibelhauptaite Batignano Musica nel Chiostro, Italy
The Sleeping Beauty Tchaikovsky Anthony Dowell The Royal Ballet
Katya Kabanova Janacek Trevor Nunn Royal Opera House
1993
The Phantom Of The Opera Lloyd Webber Harold Prince Manchester (UK Tour), Holland
1991/92
Blue Angel - click to enlarge
Poster for the 1991 Royal Shakespeare Company
production of The Blue Angel
 
The Lulu Plays Wedekind Ian McDiarmid Almeida, London
Cosi Fan Tutte Mozart Trevor Nunn Glyndebourne
The Blue Angel Pam Gems Trevor Nunn Royal Shakespeare Company & West End
Measure For Measure Shakespeare Trevor Nunn Royal Shakespeare Company & Young Vic
The Phantom Of The Opera Lloyd Webber Harold Prince Seattle

Plenty - click to enlarge
Cate Blanchett as Susan Traherne in Jonathan Kent's 1999
London production of David Hare's play Plenty for the
Almeida season at the Albery Theatre.
1989/90
Aspects of Love Lloyd Webber Trevor Nunn Prince of Wales Theatre, London & Broadway
The Rise And Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny Kurt Weil Graham Vick Teatro Verdi Maggio Musicale, Florence
The Marriage Of Figaro Mozart Nicholas Hytner Grand Opera, Geneva
The Phantom Of The Opera Lloyd Webber Harold Prince Toronto (Canadian Tour), Stockholm, Melbourne, Hamburg, Chicago
1988
The Cunning Little Vixen Janacek David Pountney English National Opera
The Phantom Of The Opera Lloyd Webber Harold Prince Theatre an der Wien, Austria & Nissei, Tokyo

Follies - click to enlarge
Showgirls from Cameron Mackintosh's production of
Stephen Sondheim's Follies, directed by Mike Ockrent
at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London 1987
1987
The Queen Of Spades Tchaikovsky David Pountney English National Opera
The House Of The Dead Janacek David Pountney Scottish Opera
Follies Sondheim Mike Ockrent The Shaftesbury Theatre, London
The Phantom Of The Opera Lloyd Webber Harold Prince Majestic Theatre, NY
1986
Creditors Strindberg Ian MacDiarmid Almeida, London
The Phantom Of The Opera Lloyd Webber Harold Prince Her Majesty's Theatre, London
Carmen Bizet David Pountney English National Opera

Carmen - click to enlarge
Sally Burgess as Carmen in David Pountney's 1986
English National Opera production of Bizet's opera
1985
The Lonely Road Schnitzler Christopher Fettes The Old Vic, London
Donnerstag Aus Licht Stockhausen Michael Bogdanov Royal Opera House
Camille Pam Gems Ron Daniels Comedy Theatre, London
1984
Camille Pam Gems Ron Daniels The Other Place, Royal Shakespeare Company
Der Rosenkavalier (costumes) Strauss John Schlesinger Royal Opera House & Television
Hamlet Shakespeare Ron Daniels Main House, Royal Shakespeare Company
1983
The Gambler Prokofiev David Pountney English National Opera
The Cunning Little Vixen Janacek David Pountney Welsh National Opera & Television
The Valkyrie Wagner David Pountney English National Opera

Carmen - click to enlarge
English National Opera chorus in David Pountney's
1986 production of Bizet's Carmen
1982
Jenufa Janacek David Pountney Canadian Opera Company
Katya Kabanova Janacek David Pountney Welsh National Opera & Television
Werther Massenet Steven Pimlott Opera North
The Tempest Shakespeare Ron Daniels Main House, Royal Shakespeare Company
From The House Of The Dead Janacek David Pountney Welsh National Opera
1981
A Midsummer's Night Dream Shakespeare Ron Daniels Main House, Royal Shakespeare Company
The Cherry Orchard Chekhov Patrick Garland Chichester Festival
Jenufa Janacek David Pountney Houston Grand Opera
Don Giovanni Mozart David Pountney Opera North
The Queen Of Spades Tchaikovsky David Pountney De Nederlandse Operastichting

Queen of Spades - click to enlarge
The ball scene in David Pountney's 1983 production of Tchaikovsky's
Queen of Spades for English Nation Opera
1980
Katya Kabanova Janacek David Pountney Sydney Opera House
The Cunning Little Vixen Janacek David Pountney Welsh National Opera & Scottish Opera
Tales Of Hoffman Offenbach John Schlesinger Royal Opera House & Television

Queen of Spades - click to enlarge
Tales of Hoffman: Click the above image to see pages from the 1982 book The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden by Colin Thubron
and Clive Boursnell, showing Maria fitting costumes for this vast and complicated production
1979
Rigoletto Verdi Patrick Libby Opera North
Ernani Verdi Elijah Moshinsky Welsh National Opera
Don Giovanni Mozart David Pountney Scottish Opera
Katya Kabanova Janacek David Pountney Scottish Opera
The Golden Cockerel Rimsky-Korsakov David Pountney Scottish Opera
1978
The Way Of The World Congreve John Barton Aldwych, Royal Shakespeare Company
The Bartered Bride (costumes) Smetana David Pountney Scottish Opera
Seraglio (costumes) Mozart David Pountney Scottish Opera
Vieux Carre (costumes) Tennessee Williams Keith Hack Piccadilly Theatre
Hansel And Gretel Humperdinck Peter Ebert Scottish Opera
Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg Wagner David Pountney Sydney Opera House
The Makropulos Case Janacek David Pountney Welsh National Opera & Television
Jenufa Janacek David Pountney Scottish Opera & Houston grand Opera
1977
Hedda Gabler Ibsen Keith Hack Duke Of York's Theatre
Toussaint David Blake David Pountney English National Opera

Queen of Spades - click to enlarge
Graham Clark as Hermann with chorus in David Pountney's 1983
English National Opera production of Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades
1976
Sons Of Light Rudkin Keith Hack Newcastle
Il Trovatore Verdi Julian Hope Welsh National Opera
School For Scandal Sheridan Phil Partridge Watford Palace Theatre
Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg Wagner David Pountney Scottish Opera
1975
The Queen Of Spades Tchaikovsky David Pountney Kassel, Germany
The Golden Cockerel (costumes) Rimsky-Korsakov David Pountney Scottish Opera
Jenufa Janacek David Pountney Welsh National Opera
1974
The Magic Flute (costumes) Mozart David Pountney Scottish Opera
Holst's Double Bill Holst David Pountney English Opera Group
Measure For Measure Shakespeare Keith Hack Main House, Royal Shakespeare Company
La Rondine Puccini David Pountney English Opera Group
Tannhauser (costumes) Wagner Bernd Benthaak Sydney Opera House
Wozzeck (costumes) Berg Michael Gelliot De Nederlandse Operstichting
Antony And Cleopatra (costumes) Shakespeare Tony Richardson Bankside Globe

Macbeth - click to enlarge
Maria Guleghina as Lady Macbeth in Graham Vick's 1997
La Scala Milan production of Verdi's Macbeth
1973
The Gambler Prokofiev David Pountney Wexford Festival
1972
Katya Kabanova (with Sue Blane) Janacek David Pountney Wexford Festival
The Rake's Progress Stravinsky David Pountney Scottish Opera
The Crucible Miller Stephen Dartnell Glasgow Citizens Theatre
In The Jungle Of The Cities Brecht Keith Hack Glasgow Citizens Theatre
Puss In Boots (with Sue Blane) Giles Havergal Glasgow Citizens Theatre
The Threepenny Opera Brecht & Weill Richard Stroud Glasgow Citizens Theatre
Timon Of Athens Shakespeare Keith Hack Glasgow Citizens Theatre
King Lear Shakespeare Stephen Dartnell Glasgow Citizens Theatre
1971
The Life Of Galileo (with Sue Blane) Brecht Keith Hack Glasgow Citizens Theatre
Three Sisters Chekov Giles Havergal Glasgow Citizens Theatre
Cinderella (with Sue Blane) Giles Havergal Glasgow Citizens Theatre
Tiny Alice Albee Robert David MacDonald Glasgow Citizens Theatre
1969
Scapino (costumes) Moliere Frank Dunlop Jeanetta Cochrane Theatre, London


Maria's costumes for the roles of Carabosse and The Lilac Fairy from the Royal Ballet's 1994 production of The Sleeping Beauty.
Shown here exhibited in the Paul Hamlyn Hall at the Royal Opera House.
Photo by Francesca Franchi.
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