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 puppets are designed by Mervyn Millar in collaboration with artist Virginia Chihota.

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.
The puppeteers are Alexandre Abbas, Lei-Lei Bavoil, Laurent Evuort-Orlandi, Derwinn Green, Rachella Kingswijk, and Pierrik Malebranche.

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

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.

The puppets have been made with a brilliant team of puppet makers: Tracy Waller, Helen Foan, Paula Hopkins, Maia Kirkman-Richards, Jo Lakin, Karen Purvis and Wiktoria Wiaczkowska.