Metamorphosis: How a visual artist became an opera designer

Artist-come-designer Mark Thompson has created the sets and costumes for Opera Australia’s new production ‘Metamorphosis’, based on Kafka’s iconic novel

Detail of self portrait, Mark Thompson; courtesy of the artist

It is not unusual to slide between professions in the arts. Visual artist-come-opera set and costume designer, Mark Thompson successfully works across both career personas, and describes himself as, ‘a bit of sheep in wolve’s clothing’.

Thompson has created the sets and costumes for a new Opera Australia production that will be performed – in a first – at the Scenery Workshop within the company’s headquarters in Surry Hills (26-29 September), and next month in Melbourne (25-27 October).

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina