Renata Schussheim, a native of Buenos Aires, makes her LA Opera debut. She is a multifacted visual artist: an illustrator, cartoonist, and designer of sets and costumes. When she was very young, her book of illustrations, Griselda adolescente, was published. She began to study drawing in 1961 with Ana Tarsia and entered the Academia de Bellas Artes “Augusto Bolognini” in 1965. She also studied with Carlos Alonso and began exhibiting her work in 1967. Her oils and drawings have been exhibited in the most important art galleries of Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela and Italy. Some of her most distinctive design work was for the choreographer Oscar Araiz, with whom she has been collaborating since a production of Romeo and Juliet in 1971. Her work was the subject of a retrospective at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires in 2006. Highlights of her work as a theatrical designer include The Marriage of Figaro and The Barber of Seville for the Teatro Real in Madrid, and Carmen, Stravinsky’s The Nightingale and Shostakovich’s Katerina Ismailova for the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. She has also designed for musicals, dramas, films and rock concerts.