Artist and designer Es Devlin served as set designer for this production of Don Giovanni for HGO in 2019. Devlin creates large-scale sculptural installations that combine light, music, and language. She has created stage sculptures for The Royal Opera House, National Theatre, La Scala, and The Metropolitan Opera; Beyoncé, The Weeknd, and U2; the 2022 Super Bowl featuring Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, and Eminem; and the 2012 London Olympic Closing Ceremony. Her work has been displayed at Tate Modern, Serpentine, V&A, Barbican, Imperial War Museum, and Trafalgar Square. Recent work includes Come Home Again, her 16-meter monumental choral sculpture outside Tate Modern; her rotating illuminated sculpture, Your Voices, highlighting the 700 languages spoken in NYC in collaboration with the Endangered Language Alliance at the Lincoln Center; and her expansive mirrored Forest of Us installation, which inaugurated Superblue Miami alongside new works by James Turrell. Devlin’s collective AI-generated poem continues to evolve online having been initiated in 2016 as Poemportraits at the Serpentine and served as the basis of the UK Pavilion at the World Expo 2020. She was the subject of the Netflix documentary Abstract: the Art of Design, and has been awarded multiple Olivier, Tony and Emmy awards, as well as an Ivor Novello Award and a CBE. The Thames & Hudson monographic publication, An Atlas of Es Devlin, will be accompanied by an installation of her 30-year archive at The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York in November 2023.
DON GIOVANNI 2018-19