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Charles Davis


Charles is an award-winning set and costume designer for opera, theatre, dance, and film.

Charles’ designs for opera include: Seven Deadly Sins & Mahogonny Songspiel set design (Red Line Productions), Artaserse, The Coronation Of Poppea design (Pinchgut Opera); Breaking Glass set design, Biographica design, Oh Mensch! costume design (Sydney Chamber Opera/Sydney Festival); NED KELLY (Perth Festival/Lost and Found Opera); and Hansel And Gretel design (Queensland Conservatorium). Charles was associate set designer for Carmen directed by John Bell and The Merry Widow directed by Graeme Murphy (Opera Australia).

Charles’ theatre designs include: No Pay? No Way!, Rules For Living, The Real Thing, The Wharf Revue 2018 -2020 (Sydney Theatre Company); Buyer And Cellar, The Kitchen Sink (Ensemble Theatre); Happy Days, The Whale (Red Line Productions); Fly And Moby Dick Lano and Woodley national tour. Charles was associate set designer for Muriel’s Wedding: The Musical with Global Creatures and Sydney Theatre Company. He designed the set for Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s television and stage Galas from 2019 to 2022.

Charles won a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Stage Design of an Independent Production for Happy Days and is the winner of the Mike Walsh Fellowship. Artaserse, which he designed for Pinchgut Opera, won the International Opera Award for Best Rediscovered Work.

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Performances with state opera south australia