Parlando: The COC Blog

7/17/2013

Artist Basics: David Farley

What's he doing with us: This fall we're presenting a brand new production of one of opera's most beloved love stories — Puccini's heartbreaking La Bohème. Our Set and Costume Designer David Farley makes his COC debut imagining the world of Rodolfo, Mimì, Marcello and Musetta, designing a set inspired by and comprised of Marcello’s paintings. 

Where you might have seen him: The Olivier Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated designer has credits that include a deliciously bleak production of The Turn of the Screw at the New York City Opera, several highly lauded theatre productions such as La Cage aux Folles and Sunday in the Park with George in London's West End and Broadway (the latter of which earned him an Olivier), and closer to home for us, Kiss Me, Kate at the Stratford Festival. 

His background: A graduate of the Oxfordshire School of Art and Design and Wimbledon School of Art, Farley started his career with a strong, practical background in Theatre Design and had his first big break designing a David Mamet double bill of Sexual Perversity in Chicago and The Shawl.

Interviews and profiles: David spoke with Ideas Tap about his career so far and how he got his start in the industry and also completed a 20 questions interview with What's On Stage.

The look and feel of La Bohème: Our latest Inside Opera video features David Farley discussing his inspiration behind this production of La Bohème and features a first look at some of our props, sets and designs! 

La Bohème runs from October 3 to 30, 2013 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Subscription packages are on sale now and single tickets go on sale August 24.

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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001