George Tsypin Set designer


George Tsypin is a sculptor, architect and set designer for operas, musicals, large-scale shows and installations. He has worked for many years with directors and composers such as Peter Sellars, Julie Taymor, Zhang Yimou, Francesca Zambello, Pierre Audi, Jurgen Flimm, Philip Glass, John Adams, Kaija Saariaho and Andrey Konchalovsky.

His operatic creations have been produced worldwide, including at the Salzburg Festival, Opéra national de Paris, London's Royal Opera House, Milan's La Scala, St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre, Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre and New York's Metropolitan Opera. He has also worked in film and television. On Broadway, George Tsypin has worked as a set designer for musicals, including Walt Disney Theatrical Productions' The Little Mermaid. He designed the set for the musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.

He imagined, scripted, co-directed and designed the opening ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. He has won numerous awards, including the international competition "Idées nouvelles et spontanées pour le théâtre des générations futures" at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. His sculptures were the subject of a first solo exhibition in 1991 at the Twining Gallery in New York. In 2002, he was selected to exhibit his work at the Venice Biennale. He created the "Planet Earth Gallery", an installation comprising mobile architectural elements, videos and 200 sculptures. His SeaGlass Carousel, designed for Battery Park, next to the World Trade Center in Manhattan, was inaugurated in summer 2015. A book offering a retrospective of his projects, GEORGE TSYPIN OPERA FACTORY: Building in the Black Void, was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2005. His second book, GEORGE TSYPIN OPERA FACTORY: Invisible City, was published in 2016.

At the Opéra national de Paris: Othello, 2001; Saint François d'Assise, 1992; Adriana Mater, 2006; La Juive, 2007

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