(Los Angeles, California)
2017–18 Season: Production Designer of Girls of the Golden West
Making his San Francisco Opera debut in Girls of the Golden West, production designer David Gropman received his BA from San Francisco State University and MFA from Yale School of Drama in stage design. Broadway and Off Broadway credits include The 1940s Radio Hour, Mass Appeal, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, True West, and Buried Child. He also designed the world premiere of the Leonard Bernstein opera A Quiet Place, several pieces for The Paul Taylor Dance Company, and for regional theaters across the country.
In 1982 he designed Robert Altman's Broadway directorial debut, Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. When Altman asked him to design the film version, he began his career as a production designer. In addition to designing three films for Altman, he has enjoyed numerous collaborations with the directors Lasse Hallström, Robert Benton, Steven Zaillian, Gary Sinise, James Ivory, Ang Lee, and John Wells. Gropman was an Academy Award nominee for Best Art Direction, shared with set decorator Beth Rubino, for his work on Lasse Hallström’s The Cider House Rules.