From: Paris, France. LA Opera: Cinderella (2021, debut).
After studying architecture at the Beaux-Arts in Paris and fashion at La Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, Jean-Jacques Delmotte began his career designing costumes for theater and contemporary dance companies in France.
In 2000 he worked with director Laurent Pelly for the first time, marking the beginning of a close collaboration on nearly all of his creations. Current work together includes La Cenerentola for Dutch National Opera, Grand Théâtre de Génève and Palau des Les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, and Falstaff at the Teatro Real Madrid (co-production with La Monnaie /de Munt, Opéra National de Bordeaux and Nikikai Opera Foundation Tokyo). Further projects for the 2020/21 season included The Marriage of Figaro for the Santa Fe Opera, Viva la Mamma! at Teatro Real in Madrid, and the theater piece Harvey by Mary Chase at MC2 : Grenoble. Other titles together include Candide and La Traviata (Santa Fe Opera), Le Roi Carotte (Opéra de Lyon and Opéra de Lille), Viva La Mamma! (Opéra de Lyon and Grand Théâtre de Genève), and The Barber of Seville at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, Edinburgh International Festival, Opéra de Marseille, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Stadttheater Klagenfurt and Opéra de Tours.
Additional projects with Laurent Pelly include La Belle Hélène at the Théâtre du Chatelet (and at Santa Fe Opera and English National Opera), Manon at the Royal Opera House in London, Metropolitan Opera and Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Cendrillon at the Santa Fe Opera, Royal Opera House, La Monnaie/de Munt, L’Opéra de Lille, Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, Don Quichotte and Le Coq d’Or at La Monnaie/de Munt Brussels, L'enfant et les sortilèges at the Glyndebourne Festival, Teatro alla Scala and Matsumoto Japan, The Threepenny Opera at the Comédie Française, The Love for Three Oranges and L’etoile at Dutch National Opera Amsterdam, and I Puritani at L’Opera National de Paris.
He also enjoys collaborations with other directors. Current projects include costume design for Giovanna d’Arco in Biel and Tours directed by Yves Lenoir, with whom he also created Jenůfa in Dijon in 2018. Other projects have included Benvenuto Cellini and The Magic Flute at the Staatstheater Nürnberg and Opéra National de Bordeaux and Les Indes Galantes at Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse with Laura Scozzi, Idomeneo at L’Opéra national du Rhin with Christoph Gayral and Le Misanthrope at Las Cigale, Paris.
He is also an artist whose works are regularly exhibited; learn more at jijidelpaintings.com.