Could you design a set for Tosca? | Welsh National Opera

Could you design a set for Tosca?

1 August 2017

Before even a single note is sung, there’s a lot to prepare to bring an opera to the stage. A new production can be years in development, from initial concept through design, build, costume fittings, rehearsals and finally opening night. 

If you’ve got a flair for design, we’re running a competition together with Creative and Cultural Skills to find students to design an imagined set for one of our favourites, Tosca which we’ll be performing as part of our Spring Season in seven different venues across England and Wales.

A designer is usually asked to produce a model of the set no later than six months before opening night – and there’s plenty to consider. As well as looking incredible, our sets have to survive the wear and tear of performance, fit on up to eight different stages and be versatile enough to be quickly packed into the back of a van (or three).

Shortlisted entries will be displayed at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, on the opening of Tosca in Spring 2018, and winners will receive tickets to a production in their nearest venue. Not only that, but there’s a week’s worth of behind the scenes experience at Welsh National Opera up for grabs too.

This is the second year WNO is running the competition in partnership with The National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural. The competition is aimed at students from any pathway of study from FE and HE members of the National Skills Academy, opening up new possibilities for students on theatre and non-theatre specific courses, such as illustration and fine art. The 2017 competition was won by 21 year old Katie Alcock from Pontyclun, an illustration student from the University of South Wales.

This competition is open to all National Skills Academy education members. Colleges must express an interest in participating by emailing CC Skills. 


Photo credit Brian Tarr