Set and Costume Designer (Spain)
The Barber of Seville. Previously: The Italian Girl in Algiers (2012); The Barber of Seville (2011–12); and La Cenerentola (2007).
About the Artist:
Barcelona-based designer and artist Joan Guillén has designed sets, costumes, masks, and props for opera and theater. His work has been previously seen at HGO in The Italian Girl in Algiers (2012), which was seen after its HGO presentation at Teatro Real in Madrid, Teatro Comunale of Florence, the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, and Teatre de les Arts in Valencia; La Cenerentola (2007), which was later staged at La Monnaie in Brussels, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Welsh National Opera, Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Opera Omaha, Washington National Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago; and this production of The Barber of Seville (2011–12), seen also at the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, Gran Teatre del Liceu, and Canadian Opera Company. Another important production was Faust-Bal at Teatro Real. Guillén has also done extensive work in the arts as a painter, sculptor, and cartoonist. He has taught at the School of Dramatic Art at Barcelona’s Theatre Institute for many years and has also been a visiting professor at many schools and universities around the world. The most recent of his many honors was the 2016 National Culture Prize, awarded by the Catalan National Council of Culture and the Arts. Other awards include the gold medal for costume design at the 1999 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, the world’s largest exhibition in the field of set design and theater architecture.