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Charles Edwards designed the sets for HGO’s Macbeth (1997) and Jenůfa (2004), and the sets and lighting for Katya Kabanova (2000). For the Royal Opera in London, he designed sets and lighting for Werther, and designed sets for Faust and Adriana Lecouvreur. Other design work includes Katya Kabanova, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lucia di Lammermoor, The Makropoulos Case, and Jenůfa, which won the 2007 Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production (English National Opera); Tosca, Norma, The Greek Passion, and the Little Greats series, which won the 2018 What’sOnStage Award for Event of the Year (Opera North); Faust (Teatr Wielki, Poznan); Kiss Me Kate (Théâtre du Châtelet); La gazza ladra (Frankfurt); I due Foscari, La battaglia di Legnano, and I Lombardi, which together won the 2014 Anniversary Production International Opera Award (Hamburg Staatsoper); Don Carlos (Metropolitan Opera); Wozzeck (Dallas, Chicago); Il trovatore and Billy Budd (Chicago); I masnadieri and La Calisto, which won the 2022 Premio Abbiati Prize for design (La Scala, Milan); and Die tote Stadt and Attila (Strasbourg). He made his directing debut with Così fan tutte for Mid-Wales Opera in 2001 and has since directed and designed productions of Elektra (Royal Opera); Tristan und Isolde (Lisbon); The Tales of Hoffmann (Wuppertal); Idomeneo and Don Quichotte (Grange Park Opera); Oedipus Rex, Rigoletto, Joshua, and Pagliacci (Opera North); Turandot (Nationale Reisopera); and Maria di Rohan (Wexford Festival). 

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