J o h n   O t t o

was born in New Zealand where he studied Industrial Design and was awarded a scholarship to study in London at the Motley Theatre Design course. Since his design debut with Darius Milhaud’s Les Malheurs d’Orphée for the Netherlands Opera he has been resident in Amsterdam and has designed for many opera, theatre and dance companies as diverse as the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Theater Wielki Warsaw, Vancouver Opera, Athens Festival, Wexford Festival, Sadlers Wells, Semperoper Dresden and various other opera houses in Germany. Closer to Amsterdam Het Nationale Ballet, Nationale Reisopera, Koninlijke Ballet van Vlaanderen (Royal Ballet of Flanders) and the Brussels theatre company Le Rideaux de Bruxelles. In England he has worked with the director Christopher Fettes at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and also Claire Venables and Stephen Daldry at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. Most recently he has designed a new production of Bizet’s Carmen for the Staatsoper Hanover and returns to the Semperoper next season for a new dance project with the English choreographer David Dawson.