Tanya McCallin is a distinguished theatre and opera designer who works extensively in Europe, the U.S.A. and Australia. She has been associated with many important London theatre productions including premières of works by Arthur Miller, Pam Gems and Mike Leigh and productions of Chekhov, Sheridan and Shakespeare. After training at Central St Martin’s School in London, she became resident designer with a number of British regional repertory companies.
Her extensive opera work includes: The Barber of Seville for the English National Opera, which was her first major opera design, and is still in the repertoire (also seen in Barcelona).
She worked with Francesca Zambello in 2006 to design Carmen (also Oslo, Australia and China) for the Royal Opera and La Traviata (Bolshoi Theatre, 2012.
She regularly collaborated with David McVicar for whom she designed Le Nozze di Figaro (Royal Opera, Valencia and DVD); Turn of the Screw (also ENO) and Macbeth for the Mariinski St Petersburg (the latter also seen in London, Washington DC and the Metropolitan Opera), Manon at the English National Opera (also Dallas, New Zealand, Houston, Chicago and Barcelona); Les Contes d’Hoffman at the Salzburger Festspiele (and TV) and La Traviata (Scottish Opera/WNO, Geneva, Barcelona, Madrid); the sets for Semele at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées; the costumes for Cosi fan Tutte (Strasbourg); Rigoletto at the Royal Opera (also Madrid, BBC + DVD) and Der Rosenkavalier at Scottish Opera.
She designed Lee Blakeley’s production of Sweeney Todd (Théâtre du Châtelet 2011, Houston and San Francisco 2015).