Márta Jánoskúti

costume designer

Márta Jánoskuti enrolled at Budapest's Academy of Arts and Crafts in 1961, graduating in 1966. She first worked as a designer for the Szigligeti Theatre in Szolnok (1966-1970), before moving on to Budapest's Comedy Theatre, where she has remained since 1970. She has also done designs for other theatres both in and outside the capital, for festivals in Gyula, Eger, Veszprém and for the Szeged Open-Air Festival, and sometimes in a long-term relationship with the more important drama studios and leading figures in the profession. She has also worked on film and television dramas, and since 1979 has been a professor of costume design in the scenic design department of the Academy of Fine Arts. The Hungarian designer, whose design work is characterised by a confident mastery of drawing, skilful characterisation, a thorough understanding of works, genres, styles, periods and their clothing, a rich thought and sensitivity and integration of modern tools and stylistic elements, is an outstanding representative of the school. She won the Mari Jászai Award in 1981, was named an Artist of Merit in 1988, then went on to receive the Kossuth Prize in 2009 and the designation Artist of the Nation in 2014. At the Opera House, she has designed costumes for Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro (1977), Cavalli's Ormindo (Hungarian premiere, 1990), Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann (1990), Rossini's Mosè in Egitto (1992), Verdi's Don Carlos (1994), Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail (1994), Puccini's Turandot (1997), Verdi's Un ballo in maschera (1998), Ligeti's Le grand macabre (Hungarian premiere, 1998), Petrovics's C'est la guerre (2001), Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle (2001) and Szokolay's Blood Wedding (2003).