Double bill For Scottish Opera and Music Theatre Wales, 2012


Samal Blak has been commissioned to design a double bill of new operas. A co-production between Scottish Opera and Music Theatre Wales 2012. The operas will be directed by Michael MacCarthy and Matthew Richardson.

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Scottish Opera

Music Theatre Wales

English Touring Opera

Samal Blak is  designing “Simon Boccanegra” (Verdi), “The Siege of Calais” (Donizetti) Both directed by James Conway and “Cosi Fan Tutte” (Mozart) directed by Paul Higgins for English Touring Opera (Spring season 2013).

Les Mamelles de Tirésias

Samal Blak will be designing “Les Mamelles de Tirésias” (Poulenc) directed by Ted Huffman at Aldeburgh Festival October 18-19 & 21 2012 and Festival d’Aix-en-Provence June 22-23 & 25 2013.

The Importance of Being Earnest – A New Musical

Samal Blak is designing Oscar Wilde´s The Importance of Being Earnest, that has been transformed into a musical. It opens on the 7th of December at the Riverside Studios, London.

It is directed by Iqbal Kahn and starring Gyles Brandreth as Lady Bracknell.

The Adventures of Pinocchio

Samal Blak has designed set and costumes for “The Adventures of Pinocchio” in the Faroe Islands.


Samal Blak is designing a devised piece of theatre for very young children titled Cosmo. It is directed by Tony Graham and will premiere in Seoul, South Korea, 2012.

10 short operas at Aldebourgh Music

Samal Blak has designed the Jerwood Opera Writing Program led by director Stephen Langridge and writer Stephen Plaice.

The 10 short operas were performed at Aldebourgh Music and directed by Natalie Abrahami, Peter Cant, Tom Creed, Ted Huffmann and Alan McKendrick.

Photograph by: Aaron Holloway-Nahum

New Project: ‘Life is a dream’, Directed by Graham Vick

Samal Blak will be designing Life is a Dream For Birmingham Opera Company in 2012.
Directed by Graham Vick, composed by Jonathan Dove with a Libretto by Alasdair Middleton.

Samal Blak has designed Cowardy Custard

Samal Blak has designed Cowardy Custard starring Dillie Keane and Kit and the Widow.
Touring in the UK from the 5th April – 4th June, 2011.

Reviews include:

Samal Blak has designed a deceptively simple setting which incorporates a grand piano, a platform suspiciously resembling the lid of one propped up on piles of old 78s and a number of nightclub-style chairs.

— WhatsOnStage, Anne Morley-Priestman

The legacy of this show is a mixed blessing, but the production itself is a delight. “★★★★
— The Telegraph, Charles Spencer

Othello on BBC 2

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Othello on BBC 2