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Nicky is an international set and costume designer working mainly in opera, but also in theatre, musical theatre, TV, and film. She has collaborated on many critically acclaimed productions for many leading opera companies, both nationally and extensively in Europe, as well as productions in Seoul, South Korea. Nicky is a Trustee Director of the Society of British Theatre Designers and lives in London.

Awards and Nominations

2022 Irish Times Award nomination for Best Opera for Don Pasquale at Irish National Opera

2020 Irish Times Award nomination for Best Set Design for La Cenerentola at Irish National Opera

2020 Irish Times Award nomination for Best Production for La Cenerentola at Irish National Opera

2017 Reumart Award for Best Opera for Dead Man Walking at Royal Danish Opera

2015 UK Theatre Awards nomination for Achievement in Opera for Jenufa at Scottish Opera

2014/15 Best Theatre Award for Don Quichotte at Danish National Opera

2014/15 Audience Award for Best Production for Don Quichotte at Arts Centre Aarhus

2013 UK Theatre Awards The Renee Stepham Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre for La Traviata at Scottish Opera

2012 Irish Times Award nomination for Best Opera for The Magic Flute at Opera Theatre Company

2012 South Bank Sky Awards nomination for Best Opera for Mignon at Buxton Festival Opera

Jury Award for Short Film for Assessment

Irish Times Award nomination for Best Opera for The Diary of Anne Frank at Opera Theatre Company

Irish Times Award nomination for Best Opera for The Coronation of Poppea at Opera Theatre Company

Korean Musical Award for Best Musical for Dancing Shadows at Opera Theatre, Seoul

Opernwelt Award nomination for Best Opera for Il Viaggio A Reims at Frankfurt Opera

List Of Productions

2024

LA BOHEME | Director: Orpha Phelan | Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier, co-production

NEW YEAR | Director: Keith Warner | Birmingham Opera Company/ The Crane Warehouse

2023

LA BOHEME | Director: Orpha Phelan | Irish National Opera, co-production

REBECCA | Director: Alejandro Bonatto | Charing Cross Theatre

LAND OF MIGHT HAVE BEEN | Director: Kimberley Sykes | Buxton Festival/ Norwich Theatre

SONNAMBULA | Set Design | Director: Harry Fehr | Buxton Festival Opera

2022

DON PASQUALE | Director: Orpha Phelan | Irish National Opera/ UK Tour

EUGENE ONEGIN | Director: Orpha Phelan | Theater und Orchestra Neubrandenburg Neustrelitz

BLOODY DIFFICULT WOMEN | Director: Stephen Unwin | Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Fringe Festival

FLIGHT | Director: Jeremy Sams | Royal College of Music

ABRACADOPERA | Director: Jonathan Fox Bassett | Sky Kids/ English National Opera/ Something' Else TV Studio for Sony Global

2021

BLOODY DIFFICULT WOMEN | Director: Stephen Unwin | Riverside Studios, Hammersmith

DEAD MAN WALKING | Director: Orpha Phelan | Den Norse Opera & Ballet

PARISDER LEBEN | Director: Orpha Phelan | Theater und Orchestra Neubrandenburg Neustrelitz

2020

BREATHE PROJECT | Set Design | English National Opera

THE WHIP | Costume Design | Director: Kimberley Sykes | RSC at The Swan Theatre

2019

LA CENERENTOLA | Director: Orpha Phelan | Irish National Opera/ Bird Gais Energy Theatre

A DINNER ENGAGEMENT/ TROUBLE IN TAHITI | Royal College of Music

2018

EN BALLO IN MASCHERA | Costume Design | Director: Stephen Medcalf | Grange Park Opera

MADAMA BUTTERFLY | Director: Annilese Miskimmon | Glyndebourne Festival Opera

CITY OF HUMANITY | Director: Michael Moxham | Mediterranean Conference Centre (European Capital of Culture 2018) 

ENCHANTED ISLAND | Director: Stuart Barker | British Youth Opera/ Peacock Theatre

SONG SERIES | Set Designer | ORA Singers, St Lukes, Old Street

2017

SEMELE | Director: Annilese Miskimmon | Garsington Opera

JENUFA | Director: Annilese Miskimmon | Royal Swedish Opera

DEAD MAN WALKING | Director: Orpha Phelan | Royal Danish Opera

PREVIOUS OPERA PRODUCTIONS

Directed by Annilese Miskimmon

MADAMA BUTTERFLY | Glyndebourne Touring Opera

JENUFA | Danish National Opera/ Scottish Opera

ACIS AND GALATEA | Mid Wales Opera

MIGNON | Buxton Opera Festival

DON QUICHOTTE | Danish National Opera

FALSTAFF | Opera Holland Park

THE MAGIC FLUTE | Opera Theatre Company Irish Tour

L'AMICO FRIZT | Opera Holland Park

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK | Opera Theatre Company Dublin, Belfast, Leuven & Paris

ALCINA | Opera Theatre Company Irish Tour & Buxton Opera Festival

IOLANTA | Opera Holland Park

THE CORONATION OF POPPEA | Opera Theatre Company Irish Tour & Buxton Opera Festival

SEMELE | British Youth Opera, Queen Elizabeth Hall

Directed by Isabella Bywater

FAUST | Co-Costume Designer | Mariinski Theatre

Directed by Keith Warner

ORFEO | Royal Opera House/ Globe Theatre at Sam Wannamaker Theatre

PETER PAN | Costume Designer | Komische Oper & Welsh National Opera

LE NOZZE DI FIGARO | Costume Designer | Polish National Opera

VOLO DI NOTTI/ IL PRIGIONIERO | Costume Designer | Frankfurt Oper

LA CENERENTOLA | Costume Designer | Frankfurt Oper

SCORING A CENTURY | Costume Designer | Birmingham Conservatoire

LA CENERENTOLA | Costume Designer | Opera Zuid, Netherlands

MACBETH | Costume Designer | Theatre Royal de la Monnaie

Directed by Jonathan Miller

CARMEN | Mid Wales Opera

Directed by Dale Duesing

THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA | Costume Designer | Frankfurt Oper

MEDEA | Costume Designer | Reisoper

IL VIAGGIO A REIMS | Costume Designer | Frankfurt Oper

Directed by Nicolette Molnar

COSI FAN TUTTI | Scottish Royal Conservatoire

Directed by Stephen Medcalf

NORMA | Teatro Lirico, Sardinia

THE BARTERED BRIDE | Mid Wales Opera

LA RENCONTRE IMPREVUE | Guildhall School of Music and Drama

THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN | BYO, Queen Elizabeth Hall

DON GIOVANNI | Mid Wales Opera

SUSANNA | Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Directed by Lindy Hume

SONGS OF LIPO/ PHAEDRA SAVITRI | Aldeburgh Festival

COSI FAN TUTTI | Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Staged by Andrew Sinclair

THE WORLD'S STAGE OPERA & BALLET GALA | Royal Ballet & Opera House

PREVIOUS THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

Directed by Rachel Grunwald

MARATHON 33 | Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Directed/ Choreographed by Amon Miyamoto

THE FANTASTICKS | Duchess Theatre

Directed by Andrew Wale

SOME PEOPLE I KNOW | Teatergarasien Bergen, Norway

Directed by Paul Garrington

PICASSO'S WOMEN - 4 MONOLOGUES | Towel Theatre, Seoul

DANCING SHADOWS | Opera Theatre, Seoul

PICASSO'S WOMEN - OLGA | UK Tour/ Hong Kong & Cork Festivals/ Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival

THE LIFEBLOOD | Hen & Chickens Theatre

TAKE THE FIRE | Lyric Studio, Hammersmith

LA NUIT DE VALOGNES | The Other Place, RSC 

Choreographed by Craig Revel-Horwood

EATING RAOUL | Brideswell Theatre

Directed by Andy Jordan

3 ON A COUCH | King's Head Theatre

PICASSO'S WOMEN - JACQUELINE | UK Tour/ Hong Kong & Cork Festivals/ Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival

Directed by Sean Holmes

THE POWER OF DARKNESS | The Orange Tree Theatre

THE REVENGER'S TRAGEDY | The Orange Tree Room

WOYZECK | The Other Place, RSC