Camellia Koo

Camellia Koo, Set and Costume Designer

Pacific Opera Victoria
Set and Costume Designer for Maria Stuarda

April, 2012


Camellia is a Toronto based set & costume designer and installation artist and she is thrilled to be making her Pacific Opera debut as designer for Pacific Opera Victoria's April 2012 company premiere of Maria Stuarda.

Most recently, she designed the set and costumes for The Lighthouse for Boston Lyric Opera. Other recent opera designs include Dido and Aeneas directed by Tim Albery (Opera on the Avalon) and La Bohè directed by Joel Ivany. Previous designs for opera include Giiwedin (Native Earth), and The Shadow (Tapestry New Opera). She is also a regular Assistant Designer to Michael Levine, as well as his Associate Designer on revivals of The Magic Flute (Budapest State Opera, directed by Laszlo Marton) and Candide, directed by Robert Carsen (ENO/Hyogo Performing Arts).

Her theatre work includes collaborations with many independent to mid-sized theatre companies including fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company, Cahoots Theatre Projects, Modern Times Theatre, Native Earth Performing Arts, Nightwood, bCurrent, Theatre Direct, Carlos Bulosan Theatre, Fujiwara Dance Inventions, Great Canadian Theatre Company, Tarragon Theatre, Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People, The Second City (Toronto and Chicago), Soulpepper Theatre Company and The Shaw Festival.

Upcoming projects include The Tales of Hoffmann (Edmonton Opera).

Camellia is a recipient of four Dora Awards, a Sterling Award, and a Siminovitch Protégé Prize. She is also a recipient of a Chalmers Award Grant to shadow Michael Levine on A Dog's Heart, directed by Simon McBurney at De Nederlandse Opera in 2010. Most recently, she was part of the team led by director Joel Ivany which received the Third Prize award in the 6th European Opera-directing Prize.

She is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School (technical production), and completed her M.A. in Scenography at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design (UK) and the Hogeschool de Kunst (Utrecht, The Netherlands).

March, 2012