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Born in Buenos Aires, Christian Prego studied piano and music in the Juan José Castro Conservatory and visual arts in the National School of Fine Arts Prilidiano Pueyrredón and the Academy of Fine Arts Ernesto de la Cárcova, graduating with degrees in set design and fine arts. He also studied directing at the Superior Institute of Art of the Teatro Colón.
Christian Prego has created set designs for the operas Adonías, Antigone Vélez by the Argentinean composer Juan Carlos Zorzi at the Teatro Colón, Massenet’s Manon for the Teatro Argentino de La Plata, and Die Meistersingers for the Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile. Since 1986, he has worked with director Roberto Oswald on productions in the United States, Montreal, Dublin, Madrid, Montevideo as well as Pretoria, South Africa and Santiago, Chile. As a set designer he has worked with Oswald on productions of Rigoletto, Tosca, and Il Trovatore for the Teatro Solís in Montevideo, Uruguay as well as stagings of Norma, Tosca, and Salomé for the Teatro Argentino de la Plata, and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, Falstaff, and Lohengrin for the Teatro Colón. He has been production supervisor for The Flying Dutchman at the Teatro Pérez Galdós in Las Palmas, the Canary Islands, Spain and also collaborated on the set design and staging of Turandot at Luna Park in Buenos Aires, both productions by Oswald.
Prego has assisted in the stagings of a large number of operas at the Teatro Colón, including Tristan and Isolde, Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelungen, as well as Parsifal for the Washington Opera at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Elektra at the Baltimore Opera and Tosca, Rigoletto, and Trovatore at the Teatro Solís in Montevideo. Prego has also taught courses as a guest professor on set design in the Superior Institute of Art of the Teatro Colón.
During the 2011-12 season at the Teatro Colón, he created set designs for a production of Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty and for the ballet Le Corsaire, with choreography by Anna-Marie Holmes, both of which garnered critical and popular success.