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Jean Kalman


In the 2013/14 Season The Royal Opera stages two productions with lighting designed by Jean Kalman – La traviata and Dialogues des Carmélites. Previous work at the Royal Opera House includes Giulio Cesare in Egitto, The Turn of the Screw (Royal Opera) and Rushes – Fragments of a Lost Story (Royal Ballet).

Kalman was born in Paris and has worked as a lighting designer for theatres and opera houses worldwide since 1979. He has collaborated with directors including Peter Brook, Robert Carsen, Deborah Warner and Rufus Norris. Opera credits include The Magic Flute, The Death of Klinghoffer, Eugene Onegin, Death in Venice and Messiah (English National Opera), Wagner Dream (Welsh National Opera), Attila, Eugene Onegin and Macbeth (Metropolitan Opera, New York), Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Salome (Paris), Parsifal, St François d’Assise and La Juive (Netherlands Opera) and Dialogues des Carmélites (La Scala, Milan, Oviedo, Antwerp, Nice and Japan). Theatre credits include The Low Road, Blasted and Lucky Dog (Royal Court), Festen (Almeida Theatre and West End), School for Scandal (Barbican), Cabaret, The Beautiful Game and By the Bog of Cats (West End), John Gabriel Borkman (Dublin, New York), The Year of Magical Thinking (Los Angeles National Theatre), Mother Courage, The Cherry Orchard, White Chameleon, The Mahabharatra and Richard III (National Theatre) and Macbeth, The Crucible, Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company).

Kalman’s many accolades have included Olivier Awards (Best Lighting Design) for Richard III and White Chameleon and an Evening Standard Award (Best Lighting) for Festen.