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David Finn


Lighting designer David Finn's work for the Royal Opera House includes, for The Royal Ballet, Giselle, Other Dances (both with Jennifer Tipton) and Sweet Violets and, for The Royal Opera, Willy Decker's productions of Duke Bluebeard's Castle/Erwartung and Peter Grimes and Tim Albery's productions of Der fliegende Holländer and Tannhäuser. He regularly collaborates with designer John Macfarlane.

Finn began his professional career as a lighting designer aged 16 working for puppeteer Burr Tillstrom on Kukla, Fran and Ollie. His early work in dance included designs for Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, Dana Reitz, James Kudelka and Helgi Tomasson, among others. He was the resident lighting designer for Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project, 1993–2000. Other ballet work includes The Nutcracker and Cinderella (Birmingham Royal Ballet), Roméo et Juliette (Paris Opera Ballet) and Swan Lake (Bayerisches Staatsballett). Since 1997 Finn has worked increasingly in opera, productions including The Rake’s Progress (Scottish Opera), Parsifal (Metropolitan Opera, New York), Rusalka (Chicago), Tannhäuser (Berlin), Ariane et Barbe-Bleu (Paris), Ariadne auf Naxos (Salzburg), Otello (Brussels), Falstaff (Florence), Boris Godunov, Lucio Silla, Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro (Amsterdam), Das Rheingold, Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Orfeo (Stuttgart), Emilie and Seven Deadly Sins/Der Ozeanflug (Lyons), Così fan tutte and Idomoneo (Opera North), Alcina, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and Faust (San Francisco) and Wagner’s Ring (Toronto).

Finn's film work includes Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence. He recently designed the lighting for Michael Jackson ONE for Cirque du Soleil (Las Vegas).