Madama Butterfly Design Challenge Finalists announced

The Royal Opera House team have judged over 450 entries, and announce 48 entries to be exhibited as part of the Schools' matinee on 27 March.

The Royal Opera House Design Challenge, in its firth year, has worked with over 1,000 students across the whole of the UK. For The second year running colleges from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have been involved.

Students have worked on four live briefs since September, with workshops at Theatre Craft and insights online, and after 5 months work the Finalists have been announced.

From over 450 entries at 16 colleges, 48 Finalists have been whitteled down through two rounds of judging. The 48 Finalists (full list can be downloaded below) will be exhibited across the Royal Opera House on 27 March surrounding the schools' matinee of Madama Butterfly.

For the first year the exhibition will continue in various parts of the Royal Opera House across the year to allow schools and the general public to see the Designers of the future.

In 2014 / 15 the Design Challenge has taken on partners in Brazil and Thurrock, through the British Council’s Scene Change project, to create a cross Atlantic dimension exploring ways to embed design within social education. Spectaculu ‘a creative teaching warehouse’ in Rio de Janeiro have explored the title ‘Women is the World’ around Madama Butterfly, with elements from their project being exhibited as part of the exhibition from 27 March.

We look forward to hearing the announcement of the winner in each category, and a discretionary Director’s Award which may be given, on 27 March at Covent Garden.