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Johan Engels

Johan Engels

Designer

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Johan Engels studied Fine Arts and Design at the University of Pretoria and worked extensively from 1975 - 1980 in Opera, Ballet and Theatre including designs for PACT (Performing Arts Council) and the Market Theatre, Johannesburg.

Whilst working for PACT Johan designed many classical ballets including:
Swan Lake, Giselle, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, La Bayadere (Act 2)

Mathis der Maler (Teater an der Wien) winner of the Golden Schikaneder Austrian Music Theatre Award 2014 for Best Art Direction

Lulu (Welsh National Opera) winner of the TMA Achievement in Opera Award 2013

Click here to see Kaffe Fassett Exhibition designed by Johan

2016-2020
The Ring Cycle

Lyric Opera Chicago

Dir. David Pountney

2015
Orphee ed Euridice

Scottish Opera

Dir & Chor. Ashley Page

Twelfth Night

TOHO, Nissay Theatre Japan and tour

Dir. John Caird

Pelleas et Melisande

Welsh National Opera

Dir. David Pountney

Chorus

Welsh Nationa Opera

Dir. David Pountney

La Vida Breve (revival) Opera North

The Great Gatsby

by John Harbinson

Semperoper Dresden

Dir. Keith Warner

Costume Des. Emma Ryott

The Passenger (revival) Lyric Opera, Chicago
2014
Showboat

Cape Town Opera - UK tour

Dir. Janice Honeyman

Thais Los Angeles Opera
The Passenger Houston Opera and Lincoln Centre New York
Dir. David Pountney
Die Zauberflote (revival) Bregenzer Festspiele
2013
A Midsummer Night's Dream Opera North 
Dir. Martin Duncan
Lulu (sets) Welsh National Opera, co-production with Prague National Opera 
Dir. David Pountney
Parsifal Lyric Opera Chicago
Dir. John Caird
Die Zauberflote Bregenzer Festspiele
Dir. David Pountney
Thais (revival) Finnish National Opera
Dir. Nicola Raab 
2012
New Years Day Concert

Österreichischer Rundfunk
Chor. Ashley Page

Mathis der Maler Theater an der Wien
Costume Des. Emma Ryott 
Dir. Keith Warner
Von Heute auf Morgen 
Sancta Susanna

Opera de Lyon

Five operas out of the season

Dir. John Fulljames

Il trittico

Opera de Lyon
Dir. David Pountney

Don Carlos (revival) Houston Grand Opera
Dir. John Caird
2011
The Passenger English National Opera
Dir. David Pountney
Faust (Gounod) Opera National de Paris
Dir. Jean Louis Martinoty
New Years Day Concert Vienna ORF TV
2010
Die Passagierin Polish National Opera 
Dir. David Pountney
Macbeth (revival) New Zealand Opera
Dir. Tim Albery
The Trojans Deutsche Oper, Berlin
Dir. David Pountney
Thais Goteborg Opera, Sweden
Dir. Nicola Raab
Die Passagierin Bregenz Festival Festspielhaus
Dir. David Pountney
The Boys in The Photograph Johannesburg Civic Theatre 
Dir. Janice Honeyman

The 8th Naledi Theatre Awards South Africa, Best Theatre Set Design -
Johan Engels for Boys in the Photograph

2009
Artaxerxes Royal Opera House
Dir. Martin Duncan
L'Elisir d'Amore 
(revival)
Los Angeles Opera
Dir. Stephen Lawless
Agripinna

Zurich Opernhaus
Dir. David Poutney 

Chorus Houston Grand Opera, Texas
Dir. David Pountney
2008
Symphony - World Tour 2008 Sarah Brightman World Tour 2008 
Production Designer
Otello Los Angeles Opera
Dir. John Cox
Shakespeare Season:
Macbeth
Romeo & Juliet
Midsummer Nights Dream
Opera North
Dir. Tim Albery 
Dir. John Fulljames
Dir. Martin Duncan
2007
The Cherry Orchard Theatr Clwyd
Dir. Terry Hands
Il Tabarro & Djamileh Opera de Lyon 
Dir. David Pountney
Otello Teatro di Regio, Parma
Dir. John Cox
Don Carlos (revival)

Canadian Opera Company, Toronto
Set
Dir. John Caird

Khovanshchina

Welsh National Opera

Set
Dir. David Pountney

Beatrice & Benedict Chicago Opera Theatre
Dir. Nicola Raab
Otello

Monte Carlo
Dir. John Cox

2006
La Vida Breve Greek National Opera

L'Etoile

by Emmanuel Chabrier

Zurich Opera
Set
Dir. David Pountney 

Auto Africa Car Show
Daimler/Chrysler: Gold Medal for Best Exhibition
Johannesburg
2005
The Magic Flute

Vienna Volksoper
Set
Dir. Helmut Lohner

Maskarade

Royal Opera House and Bregenz Festival
Set
Dir. David Pountney

Don Carlos

Welsh National Opera
Dir. John Caird

Showboat 

Cape Town, South Africa, also Nurnberg and Oslo
Set
Dir. Janice Honeyman

Osud  
Le Villi

Vienna State Opera
Costume
Dirs. Karoline Gruber and David Pountney

Troilus and Cressida

Theatre Clywd, Mold
Dir. Terry Hands

2004

Die Fledermaus

Artscape Opera School, Cape Town, South Africa
Dir. Janice Honeyman

Der Schwerg, La Vida Breve
Love's Luggage Lost, Il Tabarro, 
Francesca da Rimini, I Pagliacci
Djamileh, The seven Deadly Sins 

Opera North
Eight One-Act Operas
Set
Dirs. David Pountney and Christopher Alden

2003

Caucasian Chalk Circle
by Zemlinsky

Opernhaus Zurich
Dir. David Pountney

New Year's Day Concert 2003

Vienna - ORF, Austrian State Television

Die Kreiderkreis Zurich Opera
Dir. David Pountney
Lohengrin Spoletto Festival
Dir. Giancarlo Menotti

Harem Tour - Costumes

Sarah Brightman Tour

Poe Hackney Empire, London
Dir. David Pountney
2002

Spartacus

Vienna State Ballet
Chor. Renato Zanella

Anything Goes

Grange Park Opera
Dir David Pountney

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Theatr Clwyd
Dir. Terry Hands

Turandot Salzburger Festspiele
Dir. David Pountney
2001

The Devil's Wall
(Smetana)

Prague National Opera
Dir David Pountney

Il Ritorno d'Ulisse

New York City Opera
Dir. John Cox

L'Elisir d'Amore

Graz, Austria 
Dir. Stephen Lawless

Aida Cagliari Opera
Dir. Graham Vick
2000

L'Amore dei Tre Re

Zurich Opera. 
Dir. David Pountney

New Ballet 
(to Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto)

Vienna State Ballet.
Chor. Renato Zanella

Sarah Brightman
World Tour

Tour 2000

1999

Eden
Sarah Brightman
World Tour

Tour 1999

New Year's Day Concert from Vienna 1999 (costumes)

Filmed in Vienna 
Chor. John Neumeier

The Return of Ulysses

Glimmerglass Opera
Dir. John Cox

Simplicius
Johan Strauss

Zurich Opera
Dir. David Pountney

1998

Die Rose vom Liebesgarten
Pfitzner

Zurich Opera
Dir. David Pountney

Elektra

Barrymore Theatre, Broadway, New York, 1999 with Zoe Wannmaker and Claire Bloom
Originally at Chichester Festival Theatre, Donmar,London; McCarter Theatre, Princeton 
Dir. David Leveaux

1997

The Cherry Orchard: Free State

Birmingham
Dir. Janet Suzman

Elektra Donmar Warehouse, London
Dir. David Leveaux

The Seagull

National Theatre, Norway
Dir. Terry Hands

Suzanna Andler

Chichester Festival Theatre
With Julie Christie 
Dir. Lindie Davies

Heritage
new play by Stephen Churchett.

Hampstead Theatre, Tour UK

1996
New Year's Concert from Vienna 1996 Filmed in Vienna
Chor. Heinz Spoerli

Das Rheingold

Opera de Marseille, France
Dir. Charles Roubaud

Die Walkure

Opera de Marseille, France
Dir. Charles Roubaud

L'Elisir d'Amore

Dir. Stephen Lawless, a Los Angeles Opera production revived in Washington, Geneva and Madrid; Houston (2000) and again in LA

1995

Richard III, Hamlet

Shochiku Company, Japan
Dir. Giles Block

Hamlet

Volksoper,Vienna
Dir.Stephen Lawless

The Visit Chichester Festival
Dir. Terry Hands
1994

Death of a Salesman

Theatre Clwyd
Dir. Janet Suzman

Hamlet

Theatre Marigny,Paris
Dir.Terry Hands

Romeo and Juliet

Crucible Theatre
Dir. Michael Rudman

The Royal Hunt of the Sun

Tokyo
Dir. Terry Hands

The Admirable Crichton

Chichester
Dir. Michael Rudman

Hated Nightfall

Wrestling School
Dir. Howard Barker

1993

Translations

Donmar Warehouse
Dir. Sam Mendes

E.T.A Hoffmann Gessnerallee, Zurich
Dir. Daniel Kastura

Mansfield Park

Crucible Theatre
Dir. Michael Rudman

Marlene Theater am Kurfurstendamm, Berlin
Dir. Terry Hands
1992

Glengarry Glenross

Donmar Warehouse
Dir. Sam Mendes

Arden of Faversham

Schauspielhaus, Zurich
Dir. Terry Hands

Indians Recklinghausen Festival, Germany
Dir. Terry Hands

Simon Boccanegra

Bremen, Germany
Dir. Terry Hands

Victory

Wrestling School
Dir. Kenny Ireland

Tamburlaine the Great 
(Olivier Award Nomination for Bset Costume Design)

Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Dir. Terry Hands

1991
Dr. Jekyl & Mr Hyde Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican
Dir. Peter Wood 

The Plough and the Stars

Young Vic
Dir. Sam Mendes

The Seagull

Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Dir. Terry Hands

1990

She's in Your Hands

Royal Exchange Manchester
Dir. Greg Hersov

The Idiot

Royal Exchange Manchester
Dir. Greg Hersov

When We Dead Awaken

Almeida Theatre (costumes)
Dir. Jonathan Kent

1989

In the Talking Dark

Royal Exchange Manchester
Dir. Braham Murray

As You Like It

Royal Shakespeare Company
Dir. David Thacker

The Bed Before Yesterday

Almeida Theatre
Dir. Peter Wood

A Dream of People

Royal Shakespeare Company
Dir. Janet Suzman

Have Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Dir. Janice Honeyman
1986 - 1988
Johan returned to South Africa for three years and worked on several productions at The Market Theatre with Janice Honeyman, Robert Whitehead and Janet Suzman
1981 -1985

Hay Fever

Royal Exchange Manchester
Dir. James Maxwell

The Brigands

Opera Viva

Maria Tudor

Opera Rara

Giustino

Handel Opera

Le Jongleur de Notre Dame

Wexford Festival

Rigoletto

Maggio Musicale, Florence, Italy

Martha Sadlers Wells Opera
Dir. Nicholas Hytner
Doctor Miracle & Margot le Rouge Camden Opera
Dir. Robert Carsen
Rigoletto Maggio Musical Florence 
Dir. Yuri Lubimov
Amadeus
As You Like It
The Crucible, Sheffield
Dir. Tim Piggot Smith
1980
Sabatical year with four terms as observer at: Deutsche Oper , Berlin; Glyndebourne Festival, England; Bayreuth Festspiele, Germany; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
FILM
An African Dream
Othello (Channel 4)
The Native who caused all the Trouble

Press

Lulu (Welsh National Opera)

David Pountney's dazzling new production for WNO, his first for the company since becoming its intendant, feeds enthusiastically on the work's excesses, makes little serious attempt to sort out its muddles, but accepts it as the basis for a spectacular and unforgettable show, stunning to look at, shattering to listen to.

Parsifal (Lyric Opera Chicago)

Engels' sets and costumes have a colourful quality and lean integrity

Chicago Classical Review

From its electrifying dramatic moments, to its technical marvels and striking visual symbolism, all crowned with some of Wagner's most moving music, Parsifal is the one Lyric Opera production you really must experience this season.

Chicago Stage Review

The Boys in the Photograph

the scenery is simply the most elaborate and inventive I've ever seen.

Daily Maverick

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