at the Opera de Paris

We are very excited to be designing and directing puppetry for the Opera de Paris this season. Working with renowned Dutch opera director Lotte de Beer, we will be contributing puppets to her production of Verdi's Aïda, designed by Christoph Hezter with costumes by Jorine van Beek and lighting by Alex Brok.

The conductor is Michele Mariotti. Aida will be sung at premiere by Sondra Radvanovsky, and Radames by Jonas Kaufmann, with Elina Garanca as Amneris and Ludovic Tezier as Amonasro.

More information on the production, including links to bookings, can be found here.

We're hard at work on building the puppets for this production, working in collaboration with artist Virginia Chihota. At a workshop in July we developed material with the help of puppeteers Samantha Arends, Sam Clark, Laura Cubitt and David Emmings, and singers Elizabeth Llewellyn and Ben Elliot.

Puppet makers involved in the build so far include Tracy Waller, Helen Foan, Paula Hopkins, Karen Purvis and Wiktoria Wiaczkowska.