John Conklin has designed sets on and off-Broadway, at the Kennedy Center, and for opera companies around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Bastille Opera in Paris, the Royal Opera and the opera houses of Munich, Amsterdam, and Bologna, among many others. Locally his work has been seen in Boston Lyric Opera’s
I Puritani (1993), La Bohème (1992), Beatrice and Benedict (1992), Lucie de Lammermoor (2005), and
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2011), as well as at the American Repertory Theatre and Boston Ballet. Additionally, Conklin works to develop new supplemental performances, lecture series, and community events for BLO that enrich audiences’ operatic experiences and strengthen the presence of opera in Boston’s arts community. He is also on the faculty at New York University’s Tisch School where he teaches courses in design for stage and film. Conklin was recently announced as a recipient of the 2011 NEA Opera Honors.