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 the Olivier Award-winning Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci, also directed by Michieletto.
Carletti was born in Rome and studied photography and painting through which he discovered his passion for lighting design. He went on to work at the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro, and now works widely in opera and theatre. His many collaborations with Michieletto include Cendrillon (Komische Oper Berlin), Jackie O (Lugo), Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Teatro di San Carlo, Naples), La scala di seta and Sigismondo (Rossini Opera Festival), L’elisir d’amore (Valencia), The Greek Passion (Palermo), Così fan tutte (New National Theatre, Tokyo), Il viaggio a Reims (Dutch National Opera) and Ramón del Valle-Inclán’s play Divine parole (Piccolo Teatro, Milan). He regularly works with directors including Abbado, Henning Brockhaus, Pippo Delbono, Yannis Kokkos, Francesco Micheli and Franco Ripa di Meana.
Carletti’s many further credits include Il trittico (Theater an der Wien and Rome Opera), Don Carlo (Vienna State Opera), Cavalleria rusticana (Teatro di San Carlo), Un ballo in maschera (La Scala, Milan), Die Zauberflöte (La Fenice, Venice), Otello (Theater an der Wien) and Die Dreigroschenoper (Piccolo Teatro).
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Lucy Carter and Alessandro Carletti have been honoured at the Knight of Illumination for their recent work.