WNO Design Challenge Shortlist Announced

16 April 2019
People dressed in gold and read top hat and tails are still in the prison. The lighting is bright and multi-coloured - like a rainbow.

The shortlist of Welsh National Opera’s Design Challenge has been announced.

Having received over 20 submissions from 3 colleges – Cardiff and Vale College, Blackburn College and University of Wales, ATRiuM – this years’ challenge was to design a set for Verdi’s Rigoletto.

Making the shortlist this year is:

  1. Caitlin Robinson (University of South Wales, ATRiuM) 
  2. Jayda-Leigh Barham (University of South Wales, ATRiuM) 
  3. Emilia Tutka (University of South Wales, ATRiuM) 
  4. Chelsea Maton (Cardiff and Vale College)

Mollie Belcher (University of South Wales, ATRiuM) also received commendation for her creative and modern approach from the adjudicating panel, which included Jan Michaelis (WNO Technical Director); Robert Pagett (WNO Head of Production); Ed Wilson (Cardiff Theatrical Services General Manager) and Darren Joyce (Cardiff Theatrical Services Head of Operations).

Now in its third year, WNO Design Challenge is an opportunity for students in National Skills Academy colleges and universities to apply their skills and creativity to a set design task.

Caitlin, Jayda-Leigh, Emilia and Chelsea will now go on to produce a model box of their design, based on the Donald Gordon stage in Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre, for the final round of the competition.

To learn more about WNO’s Design Challenge, click here