John Macfarlane was born in Glasgow in 1948, and trained at Glasgow School of Art. He has lived and worked in Wales since 1975.
John has pursued parallel careers in painting and theatre design and is regarded as one of the world's leading designers for opera and ballet. In addition to Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera, New York earlier this year and the just opened Swan Lake for the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, the past decade has seen John working on Cinderella, Birmingham Royal Ballet; The Rake’s Progress, Scottish Opera; Maria Stuarda, Metropolitan Opera, New York; Elektra, Lyric Opera, Chicago; La Baiser de la Fée, Birmingham Royal Ballet; L’Heure Espagnole & Gianni Schicchi, Peter Grimes, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, The Magic Flute and Frankenstein: all at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Idomeneo at Vienna State Opera, Don Giovanni and The Fiery Angel for Brussels, and Euryanthe at Glyndebourne. Other productions include War and Peace for Paris Opera, Boris Godunov in Amsterdam, Falstaff in Florence, and The Queen of Spades, Welsh National Opera, and Hansel and Gretel for WNO and Metropolitan Opera, New York.
Having exhibited his paintings and design drawings throughout Europe, John has become one of the most collectable of contemporary artists/designers. His work hangs in many prestigious public collections including the National Museum of Wales; the V & A in London; the Albertina, Vienna; Hunterian Museum, Glasgow; the Archive of L’Opera, Paris and the Collection of the Metropolitan Opera House.
This exhibition consistS of working drawings of both the set and costumes for the 2018 production of Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. John began work on the production by spending time in Rome researching and drawing the opera’s locations, such as the basilica of Sant’Andrea della Valle and the roof of Castel Sant’Angelo. Drawings from that trip will be on display as part of the exhibition. There are 29 works, all of which are for sale.