|Lecturer A TRIBUTE TO THE LATE MARIA BJORNSEN ( 1949- 2002 )|
|Adam Pollock worked as a designer mainly in opera (
Maggio Musicale, Opera North, Scottish Opera,and companies in Canada and
the U.S.A.) He met Maria Bjornson in 1972 when they were both designing
for the Wexford Festival and became close friends. In 1974 Pollock
founded the Batignano Festival which in the following thirty years acted
as a trampoline for many young directors, conductors, singers and
designers included Richard Hudson, Anthony MacDonald, Nigel Lowrey, Tom
Cairns, and Colin Richmond).
Established figures who worked at Batignano included Yolanda Sonnabend, Chris Dyer, Sue Blane and Maria Bjornson with a Don Giovanni for the twentieth anniversary season. Pollock devised the celebration of Maria's life and work at Her Majesty's Theatre after her death. This lecture would not have been possible without the help of Bjornson archivist, Michael Lee.