Maria Björnson

Set Designer, Costume Designer
He was born in Paris on 16/02/1949 and died in London on 13/12/2002. She is of Norwegian and Romanian origin. She studied in the "Byam Shaw" School of Art and the Central School of Art and Design in London. During a career of more than thirty years, she has designed stage sets and costumes for the theater, opera and ballet, for which he was honored with numerous awards. She won top distinctions for her work in the productions of the Glasgow Citizens Theater (1971-72) and for the cycle of works by Leoš Janáček, who was first presented by the Opera of Scotland and the National Opera Wales (1975-80). She was a member of the British theater group that won a gold medal in the major international theater stage set exhibition Quadrennial Prague (1979). In the same exhibition (1987) she won a silver medal for the productions of The Cunning Little Vixen (Příhody lišky Bystroušky) and From the House of the Dead (Z mrtvého Domu). She was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Company and has designed the sets and costumes for Andrew Lloyd Weber's musical The Fantom of the Opera, for which she won a "Tony" award and a Drama Desk Award for Best Set Design. She was awarded for her contribution of theater by the British newspaper The Observer (1990), and was honored with the 19th "Franco Αμπιάτι" award (1999). She served as Director of Studies in Central School of Art and Design in London. The GNO presented the opera "The Cunning Little Vixen" with her own sets and costumes from the productions of the Opera of Scotland and the Opera in Wales (Olympia Theatre, 2014-15).