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James F. Ingalls

Lighting designer


American lighting designer James F. Ingalls made his Royal Opera debut in 1995 on Mathis der Maler, directed by Peter Sellars, and returned in 1997 to work on Platée, directed by Mark Morris. His other work at the Royal Opera House includes Morris’s Sandpaper Ballet, performed by San Francisco Ballet, and War and Peace, performed by Kirov Opera.

Ingalls studied stage management at Yale School of Drama. He went on to work as a stage manager for Yale Repertory Theatre and the Twyla Tharp Dance Company before turning to lighting design, and now works extensively in theatre, dance and opera. He was Resident Lighting Designer for the American Repertory Theater 1981–4, where his credits included Ghosts, Waiting for Godot and The Marriage of Figaro. Further theatre credits include Alice’s Adventures Underground for National Theatre and Richard II for the Royal Shakespeare Company. In dance he has worked with companies including American Ballet Theatre, Dutch National Ballet, the Mark Morris Dance Group, Paris Opera Ballet and San Francisco Ballet.

Ingalls regularly works with Sellars, their collaborations including Adriana Mater, Nixon in China, The Persians, I Was Looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky, Theodora, The Magic Flute and The Electrification of the Soviet Union.