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Princess Ida
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2011, 03:09:29 PM »
Duncan Farmer writing in the Daily Mail 12 April 2011 about production designer James Merifield.

... The director Ken Russell was in the audience of my first West End play 20 years ago. And I got a call the next day from his producer, saying that he’d like to do an opera, Princess Aida, with me [Iain: it was Princess Ida]. I was delighted but it was panned by the critics."

They collaborated on another opera [Iain: Salome] and then Russell asked him to work on a television project. ‘At first I said, “No, I don’t know anything about television.” [Iain: this was Lady Chatterley]

"But he said, “Don’t worry, you’ll be fine,” so I did it. He was my mentor – we still keep in touch and I’m godfather to his youngest son.’
Russell also gave him a magnificent carved angel from his New Foresthome, which burned down ten years ago. The angel now hangs from the wall of the delightful galleried hall...

The full article is here

In all he worked with Ken on two operas Princess Ida and Salome, and the television films The Mystery of Doctor Martinu, Alice in Russialand, Lady Chatterley and Treasure Island. I have added him to the people section