Hope for Final of Royal Opera House Design Challenge

Foundation Art learner, Hope Vivins, has made the final of the Royal Opera House Design Challenge after designing a costume for their production of the famous Pucciini opera, Madama Butterfly, that will be running until 11th April.

Nineteen-year-old Hope has joined 450 students from across the UK who have worked on four live briefs in Set Design, Costume Design, Marketing Strategy & Design and Hair, Wigs & Make-Up since last September, with workshops at Theatre Craft and insights online, and after five months work the Finalists have been announced.

Nikki Bromley, Specialist Coordinator for Arts and Media at the Grimsby Institute, said: “The competition is jointly held be the Royal Opera House and the National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills. Every year they hold this competition where they select their main opera and ask students to be involved in the design process.

“Hope has researched the opera and designed a costume to their brief using the Director’ vision. This was then judged internally and her design, along with two other learners’ designs, were chosen to go forward to the next stage.

“The Opera House then judged the selections and chose Hope as one of the Finalists. This is a huge achievement and we wish Hope all the best for the exhibition and the final round.”

The Royal Opera House, located in Covent Garden, London, has seen over 450 entries from 16 colleges, and 48 Finalists have been whittled down through two rounds of judging.

The 48 Finalists will be exhibited across the Royal Opera House on 27th March during a special schools’ matinee of Madama Butterfly where the winners will be announced.

Hope said: “I want to go to University and study Costume Design and I wouldn’t be able to do that with my current qualifications so I decided to come to the Grimsby Institute to get the qualifications that I needed.

“I wanted to keep the costume traditional so I looked at the costumes that had been done before. I then looked at nature, because it is quite an old opera they would have not had much other sources of inspiration then. I wanted to link the colours to the theme of the opera, which is sad but still a nice story.

“I go to a lot of shows myself and I chose to look at how the costume links to the audience. I tried to make Butterfly, the main character, relatable to today’s audience. She needs to be vulnerable on stage but also a strong independent woman. I designed the pattern, I did some hand applique work and I put some lace into it which was quite difficult. I never get far in competitions so I feel really proud to have made the Final.”