Italian lighting designer Alessandro Carletti made his Royal Opera debut in 2013 on Nabucco, directed by Daniele Abbado. He has since worked on Guillaume Tell, directed by Damiano Michieletto, for which he won a 2015 Knight of Illumination Award, and Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci, also directed by Michieletto.
Carletti was born in Rome and studied photography and painting before working in television as a camera operator and as an assistant to Vincenzo Leoni. He later worked with Mauro Brecciarolli and with Guido Levi, with whom he co-designed lighting for several productions, and now collaborates regularly with Abbado and Michieletto. Notable lighting credits include Don Carlos (Vienna State Opera) and Nabucco (La Scala, Milan) with Abbado and Idomeneo and Rossini’s Otello (Theater an der Wien), Falstaff (Salzburg Festival), Un ballo in maschera (La Scala), L’elisir d’amore (Valencia), The Greek Passion (Palermo), Sigismondo (Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro), The Rake’s Progress (Leipzig and Venice) and Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Teatro di San Carlo, Naples) with Michieletto. Further opera credits include Otello at the Teatro San Carlo and Don Giovanni in Palermo.
Carletti has also worked with Michieletto in theatre, including on Il ventaglio for the Teatro Stabile del Veneto and The Government Inspector for Teatro Stabile del Veneto and Teatro Stabile dell’Umbria.
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