Ricardo Pardo


2019–20 Season: Associate Designer, Hansel and Gretel

Spanish designer Ricardo Pardo makes his San Francisco Opera debut as Associate Designer for Hansel and Gretel. Pardo studied theater design at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design and has a BA in Interior Architecture from the School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University, Madrid, from where he also holds an MA in History of Painting and an MSc in work with materials. His opera designs include video designs for Roméo et Juliette (Ingoldstadt) and designs for Luke Styles’s opera Unborn in America (Vaults Festival), The Marriage of Figaro (King’s Head London) and The Medium (Cochrane Theatre, London).

He works regularly as an associate designer with Antony McDonald, including Tristan und Isolde (Opéra National du Rhin), for Ashley Page’s ballet Alice (Croatian National Theatre), Julietta (English National Opera), and this production of Hansel and Gretel which premiered at Royal Opera, Covent Garden last December. He has also assisted Antony McDonald on many productions and was associate director for Charles Edwards’s production of Rigoletto (Opera North).

Pardo has also designed prolifically in theater and music theater, including Seven Deadly Sins (Wilton’s Music Hall), Richard III (Courtyard Theatre), Mwana (TRON Theatre Glasgow and Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh), The Knight and the Crescent Hare (tour of Scotland), JukeBox (TRON Theatre and London’s Asian Centre), Olympics of the Every Day (Bellahouston Sports Centre, Glasgow) and Old Bags (Wimbledon Theatre, London). He has collaborated regularly with director Shabina Aslam on theater pieces reflecting social issues. Pardo wrote, produced, directed and edited the short film Pissed.