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Robert Israel

Robert Israel
Set and Costume Designer


Robert Israel has designed sets and/or costumes for numerous opera companies, among them the Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Paris Opéra, De Nederlandse Opera, Royal Danish Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, New National Theater of Tokyo, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, and the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto. He made his Seattle Opera debut with Wagner’s Walküre in 1985, a preview to his 1986 Ring des Nibelungen. He returned for Verdi’s Aida and Macbeth, as well as Wagner’s Parsifal (which opened McCaw Hall in 2003). Israel also designed the sets and costumes for Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas (co-produced with Houston Grand Opera and LA Opera) and Philip Glass’s Satyagraha at Seattle Opera. Israel’s credits include designs for London’s National Theatre, designs for Chicago’s Millennium Park, serving as a consultant on McCaw Hall, and projects with the Walker Art Center, the Foundation Maeght, and the Museum of Modern Art. (His costume drawings for Satyagraha are part of the permanent collection at MOMA.) An elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Israel is also a professor in the School of Arts and Architecture at UCLA.

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