Tanya McCallin works extensively in Europe, the U.S.A. and Australia. She has been associated with many important London theatre productions including premières of works by Arthur Miller, Pam Gems and Mike Leigh and productions of Chekhov, Sheridan and Shakespeare. After training at Central St Martin’s School in London, she became resident designer with a number of British regional repertory companies.
Her extensive opera work includes: Il Barbiere di Siviglia for the English National Opera, which was her first major opera design, and is still in the repertoire: it has also been seen in Barcelona. La Traviata (Scottish Opera/WNO 2008/9); In 2006 she worked with Francesca Zambello to design Carmen (also Oslo, Australia and Taiwan) for the Royal Opera. Earlier that year she collaborated again with David McVicar for whom she designed Le Nozze di Figaro (Royal Opera 2006, Valencia 2008 and DVD); Turn of the Screw (also ENO) and Macbeth for the Mariinski Theatre in St Petersburg (the latter also seen in London 2001, Washington DC 2002 and the Metropolitan Opera 2003), Manon at the English National Opera (also Dallas, New Zealand, Houston Grand Opera, Chicago and Barcelona); Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Salzburger Festspiele (and TV); the sets for Semele at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées; the costumes for Cosi fan tutte (Opéra National du Rhin Strasbourg); Rigoletto at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden (also BBCTV + DVD), Der Rosenkavalier at Scottish Opera (the last two of which have been revived). She also designed the production of Sweeney Todd (Théâtre du Châtelet, 2011).