set designer for opera and perfomance designer

Like flesh


Music / Sivan Eldar
Libretto / Cordelia Lynn

Musical direction  / Maxime Pascal
Stage director and set designer / Silvia Costa
Video IA / Francesco D’Abbraccio
Costume designer / Laura Dondoli
Light designer / Andrea Sanson
Computer music designer / Augustin Muller (IRCAM)
Sound projection / Florent Derex
Voical choaches / Alain Muller, Bianca Chillemi
Assistant musical director / Richard Wilberforce
Assistant director / Gabrielė Bakšytė
Assistant set design and props / Elena Zamparutti
Assistant set design / Alessio Valmori


Winner of the
2021 FEDORA Opera Prize
La Femme, L’Arbre Helena Rasker
Le Forestier, son mari William Dazeley
L’Étudiante Juliette Allen
La Forêt Adèle Carlier, Hélène Fauchère, Guilhem Terrail, Sean Clayton, René Ramos Premier, Florent Baffi

Le Balcon ensemble instrumental and electronics

Commissions by / Lille Opera, Montpellier National Opera, Lorraine National Opera, with support from DRAC Hauts-de-France (aide à l’écriture) and SACD Fonds de Création Lyrique

Produced by /  Operas of Lille, Montpellier, Nancy, IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, in collaboration with Le Balcon and Opera Ballet Vlaanderen (Antwerp), with additional support from enoa (Creative Europe Programme of the European Union) and the Camargo Foundation.

Photos / Simon Gosselin

Inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Like flesh draws on modern environmental science to create a radical and passionate new myth about our broken relationship with an environment in crisis. Suffering in an unhappy marriage, Woman yearns for a world beyond the boundaries of flesh and an existence outside of the conventions of human society. A secret young Lover’s desire instigates an explosive metamorphosis, and Woman finds perfect release as a tree. But the world is a dark place for trees as well as humans, and deep in the forest, the Lover and a Forester lay claim to a body of wood and leaf, one for money and one for love.

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