Jamie Vartan | Set Designer

Set Designer

Jamie Vartan


Jamie Vartan's first new production for Irish National Opera was Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle in October 2018. Other designs for opera include Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos ( La Scala, Milan & Salzburg ), Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (Opéra du Rhin, Strasbourg), Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking (Oldenburg Staatstheater), Rossini’s The Barber of Seville (Wide Open Opera 2016, Irish Times Irish Theatre Award for Best Set Design), Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh’s The Last Hotel (Wide Open Opera/Landmark Productions 2015) and The Second Violinist (Galway, Dublin, London, Amsterdam), Foroni’s Cristina di Svezia (Wexford Festival Opera 2013), Delius’s A Village Romeo and Juliet (Wexford Festival Opera 2012, Irish Times Irish Theatre Award for Best Set Design), Verdi’s La traviata (Malmö Opera), Bizet’s Carmen (Cagliari and Lisbon), Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades (La Scala), together with productions in Naples, Florence, Parma, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and Scottish Opera.

His designs for theatre include, for Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival, Arlington, Ballyturk, Misterman (Irish Times Irish Theatre Award for Best Set Design 2012), all of which played at St Ann’s Warehouse in New York; and Woyzeck in Winter (Galway and Barbican); several productions at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, including The Playboy of the Western World and Mrs Warren’s Profession; Bondagers (Edinburgh Lyceum); Khandan (Royal Court); Mass Observation (Almeida); The Lost Child Trilogy (David Glass Ensemble, with residencies in Vietnam, Indonesia, China, the Philippines & Colombia), and Grief is the Thing with Feathers (Galway, Dublin, New York and Barbican).

Exhibitions include Prague Quadrennials 1999, 2007, 2011 & 2019 ; and World Stage Design 2013 (Best Set Design Award for Misterman).