Born in the Faroe Islands, Samal Blak graduated in Design for Performance from Central Saint Martins.
He was one of the individual winners of the Linbury Prize for Stage Design 2009. Subsequently he designed Verdi’s OTELLO for Birmingham Opera Company, directed by Graham Vick, nominated for the 2010 RPS music award for Opera and Music Theatre. Samal’s work was chosen to representing the UK as part of the ‘Make/Believe: UK Design for Performance 2011-2015′ exhibition at the V&A, previously at the Prague Quadrennial.
Other productions include: FIDELIO (Bucharest National Opera); HAMLET (Gothenburg Opera); THE DEVIL INSIDE, nominated for Outstanding Achievement in opera, UK Theatre Awards 2016(Scottish Opera/Music Theatre Wales); SVADBA and BE WITH ME NOW (Aix en Provence); TOSCA (Opera Ostfold, Norway); FALSTAFF (Bucharest National Opera); EUGENE ONEGIN (Theater an der Wien); HAVFRÚGVIN (National Theatre of the Faroe Islands); SOUND OF YELLOW (Clare, Young Vic); KHOVANSKYGATE (Winner – Best New Production, International Opera Awards 2015) and LIFE IS A DREAM (Birmingham Opera Company); LES MAMELLES DE TIRESIAS (La Monnaie- Brussels 2014); IL GIASONE, AGRIPPINA, SIMON BOCCANEGRA, THE SIEGE OF CLAIS & COSI FAN TUTTE (English Touring Opera); MOST OF THE BOYS (ROH2); L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA (RCM & English Touring Opera); LES MAMELLES DE TIRESIAS (Aldeburgh Music, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence); GHOST PATROL -Winner of South Bank Sky Arts Award for Opera 2013) & IN THE LOCKED ROOM (Scottish Opera & Music Theatre Wales); MOON (Sadari Theatre Company, Seoul, South Korea); THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (Riverside Studios, London); COWARDY CUSTARD (UK Tour); THE KISSING DANCE (Jermyn Street Theatre, London); MACBETH (Geurilla Theatre, Seoul, South Korea); HOW TO BE AN OTHER WOMAN (Gate Theatre, London); PINS AND NEEDLES (Cock Tavern Theatre, London); BUDAM-MAN (Comedie de Caen, France); THE MADMAN’S GARDEN (Tallinn, Estonia); ANTOINE AND THE PAPER AEROPLANE (Edinburgh Festival; ACE! Festival Singapore, & Disk Theatre Prague); AFENGINN-DECENNIALE (Husets Teater, Copenhagen, Denmark); THE FOUR TOWERS (Nordic House, Faroe Islands) and the Jerwood Opera Writing Program at Aldeburgh Music.
Forthcoming work includes: Cosi Fan Tutti for Teatro Dell’Opera Di Roma.
In 2007 he was awarded the Thorvald Poulsen av Steinum award for a young Faroese artist.