Boris Kudlička

Set designer

Having graduated in set and costume design from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava (1996), he went on to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Groningen, the Netherlands. In 1995 he began working for the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera in Warsaw as an assistant to Andrzej Kreutz Majewski. Since 1996 he has been designing scenography on his own, mainly for the opera. He collaborates with Europe’s leading stage directors. 

Since 1999 has developed more than a dozen opera productions with Mariusz Treliński, including Madame Butterfly, King Roger, Otello, Don Giovanni, Onegin, The Queen of Spades, Andrea Chénier, La Bohème, Orfeo ed Euridice, Boris Godunov, Iolanta, The Bluebeard’s CastleAleko, La Traviata, TurandotThe Flying DutchmanSalome and Powder Her Face, mostly for the Polish National Opera in Warsaw, but also for leading opera houses around the world (New York, Frankfurt, Berlin, Tokyo, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Washington, Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, Bratislava, Prague, Brussels, Valencia). His productions have also been shown at opera festivals in Edinburg, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. 

He worked with stage director Dale Duising on: Il viaggio a Reims by Rossini, The Rape of Lucretia by Britten and The Tales of Hoffmann by Offenbach (Opera in Frankfurt), Medea by Cherubini and St. John Passion (Reiseopera in Enschede), Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck (Berno), and L’étoile by Chabrier (Staatsoper Berlin). Death in Venice launched his collabortion with Keith Warner, which also brought King Lear by Aribert Reimann and The Tempest by Thomas Adés (Frankfurt), Simon Boccanegra by Verdi (Strasburg), and The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart (Polish National Opera in Warsaw). At the begining of 2011 he designed scenography to The Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Mishima for the Kanagawa Arts Center in Yokohama.

Boris Kudlička works also outside of opera. He designs scenography for film, theatre, and concerts. Together with Andrzej Kreutz Majewski he has developed the Polish pavilion for Expo 2000 in Hannover and the interior of the Polish pavilion at Expo 2010 in Shanghai (together with the WW AA architectural studio). He is also active as a designer of exhibition spaces.

He has received a number of prizes and awards. In 2005 the Theatre Institute in Warsaw awarded his scenography to Richard II staged at the National Theatre. In 2006 he received the Bronze Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis and in 2015 the Silver Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis from the Polish culture ministry. He has been twice given the Dosky theatre award. He also won the Golden Medal at the Prague Quadrennial in 2007, becoming the general commissioner of the Prague Quadrennial 2011 a year later. From 2011 to 2014 he was a lecturer at the department of scenography of Warsaw’s Academy of Fine Arts.

photo by Jarosław Mazurek