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. In the 2019/20 Season he designs lighting for Don Pasquale.
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 Alcina and Falstaff (Salzburg Festival), the world premiere of Perocco’s Acquagranda (La Fenice, Venice), Samson et Dalila and Don Pasquale (Paris Opéra), Il trittico (Rome and Tokyo), Die Zauberflöte and Idomeneo (Maggio Musicale, Florence), Rigoletto (Dutch National Opera), La Damnation de Faust (Rome and Valencia), L’elisir d’amore (Teatro Real, Madrid, La Monnaie, Brussels), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theater an der Wien), Der ferne Klang (Frankfurt Opera), Die lustige Witwe (Rome Opera) and Cendrillon (Komische Oper Berlin), and Die Dreigroschenoper and Ramón del Valle-Inclán’s play Divine parole (Piccolo Teatro, Milan).
Carletti also works regularly with Daniele Abbado, including on Il trovatore and Don Carlo (Vienna State Opera), with Barrie Kosky, including on La bohème, Semele and Candide for Komische Oper Berlin, and with directors including Pippo Delbono and Silvia Paoli.
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Lucy Carter and Alessandro Carletti have been honoured at the Knight of Illumination for their recent work.