2017–18 Season: Set Designer of Der Ring des Nibelungen
Since his San Francisco Opera debut with the 1993 staging of I Puritani, Michael Yeargan has designed sets and costumes for the Company’s productions of Aida, The Merry Widow, La Bohème, Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Rigoletto, Luisa Miller, Ring cycle, Simon Boccanegra, and the world premieres of André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire and Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking. Yeargan’s North American opera credits include designs for the Metropolitan Opera (Otello, Così fan tutte, Ariadne auf Naxos, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, and the world premiere of John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby); Los Angeles Opera (Nabucco, The Merry Widow, Stiffelio, Hansel and Gretel); Lyric Opera of Chicago (Antony and Cleopatra, Cavelleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Nabucco, The Pirates of Penzance); the Dallas Opera (Madama Butterfly, Rigoletto, Hansel and Gretel); Houston Grand Opera (Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree and Susannah); and Glimmerglass Opera (Tosca, Madama Butterfly, Central Park), among others. Internationally, he has designed productions for Welsh National Opera; the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Scottish Opera; Théâtre Musical de Paris; Frankfurt Opera; and Opera Australia. A two-time Tony Award winner (South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza), Yeargan has also designed New York productions of Terrence McNally’s Bad Habits, The Ritz, Awake and Sing, and Joe Turner's Come and Gone. He has worked extensively with regional theaters throughout America and is a professor of stage design at the Yale School of Drama.