Set and Costume Designer
John Conklin’s set and costume designs are seen in opera houses, theaters, and ballet companies across the world. He has designed for Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, and Bastille Opera. At Seattle Opera, he has designed sets for Prokofiev’s War and Peace and Puccini’s Bohème, and both sets and costumes for Verdi’s Trovatore, Bellini’s Norma, and Britten’s Turn of the Screw. He returns to the company in 2009 to design sets for La Traviata and costumes for Il Trovatore. Conklin’s credits at the Metropolitan Opera include costumes for Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina, sets and costumes for John Corigliano’s Ghosts of Versailles, and sets for Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande. For Glimmerglass Opera, where he served as associate artistic director for 18 years, he designed sets for Puccini’s Fanciulla del West and Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio, and costumes for Richard Rodney Bennett’s Mines of Sulfur, among others. Conklin has designed extensively on Broadway, receiving a Tony Award nomination for his set design for The Au Pair Man. He recently received the Robert L.B. Tobin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatrical Design.