SFOpera - David Hockney

David Hockney

(Bradford, England)

2017-18 Season: Production and Design for Turandot 

San Francisco audiences were introduced to David Hockney’s stage work with The Rake’s Progress, seen here in 1982, 1988, and 2000. His striking designs for Die Zauberflöte, created for the 1978 Glyndebourne Festival, were seen on an American stage for the first time at San Francisco Opera in 1987 and reprised here in 1991, 2000, and 2003. The British-born artist’s creations for Turandot were first seen here in 1993, and restaged in 1998, 2002, and 2011. Most recently, the Company produced his Tristan und Isolde in 2006. Hockney’s career began in 1963 with his first solo exhibition in London. In 1966, he began designing for the stage when he created sets and costumes for London’s Royal Court Theatre. The internationally-celebrated artist has designed sets and costumes for productions of ballets and operas such as Parade, Les Mamelles de Tirésias, L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, Le Sacré du Printemps, Le Rossignol, Oedipus Rex, Tristan und Isolde, and Die Frau ohne Schatten for companies including Royal Opera, Covent Garden; the Metropolitan Opera; Lyric Opera of Chicago; and Los Angeles Opera. His vast body of work also includes print designs for magazines, books, films, videos, and several celebrated series of etchings. Equally praised are his works resulting from a fascination with photocopy and fax machines, still video cameras, computer-generated images, and, most recently, the iPhone and iPad.