King Arthur is the RIAM’s 2022 re-interpretation and staging of John Dryden and Henry Purcell’s 1691 semi–opera.
Love, magic, temptation and blindness are key themes in the opera. Visually, I responded to these themes by depicting Emmeline, Arthur’s love, being physically blinded by an otherwordly, crown-like object. My representation of Emmeline is sculptural in its solidity, but covered in a moss like texture to represent the entropy of nature. This notion of nature re-claiming the man made was a key theme of the costume and set designers of the opera.