Antony McDonald | Director, designer

Director, designer

Antony McDonald

This Season

Powder Her Face


Antony is a Royal Designer for Industry. He is a member of the British Team of Designers who won the Golden Triga at the 2003 Prague Quadrennale for Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera at the Bregenz Festival, and in 1991 for the 1989 Royal Shakesepeare Company Hamlet which starred Mark Rylance. He was also the winner of the Set Designer Award at the International Opera Awards 2013.

His opera direction and design includes Thomas Adès’s Powder Her Face (NI Opera), Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hyogo Performing Arts Centre, Japan), Dvořák’s Rusalka (Scottish Opera), Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde (Opéra national du Rhin), Wagner’s Lohengrin (Welsh National Opera/Polish National Opera/ Greek National Opera), Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest (Wide Open Opera/NI Opera), Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges (Bolshoi Opera), Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Massenet’s Manon, and Tippett’s King Priam (Nationale Reisopera, Netherlands), Jerry Bock’s Fiddler on the Roof, Bernstein’s Wonderful Town, Dvořák’s Rusalka and Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades (Grange Park Opera), Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda (Opera North), Tippett’s The Knot Garden, Verdi’s Aida and Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila (Scottish Opera).

His design work includes Verdi’s Macbeth (Theater St Gallen), Mozart’s La finta giardiniera (Glyndebourne Festival), Ein Reigen (Vienna State Ballet), Janáček’s The Makropolus Case (Oper Frankfurt), Britten’s Billy Budd (Oper Frankfurt/Nationale Opera, Netherlands/ Gothenburg Opera), Prokofiev’s The Gambler (Royal Opera, London) and Alice, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker (Scottish Ballet).

He makes his Irish National Opera debut with Thomas Adès’s Powder Her Face.