Nearly a decade ago, Devlin's award-winning and larger-than-life stage designs caught the attention of Kanye West, then Miley, Beyoncé and U2, as she next stages 'Otello.'

Back in 2005, virtually no one beyond the rarefied confines of opera and London's West End was familiar with the dazzling, psychedelic vision of set designer Esmeralda "Es" Devlin. But that year, undeterred by Devlin's lack of ­experience staging pop music shows, Kanye West brought her in for his Touch the Sky Tour, and in the decade since, the 43-year-old London-based Devlin has become perhaps the world's most in-demand performance designer, fearlessly zigzagging genres at the speed of a floodlight.

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