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Jean Kalman

Lighting designer

Biography

French lighting designer Jean Kalman made his Royal Opera debut in 1994 on La traviata. He has since returned to work on Giulio Cesare, The Turn of the Screw and Dialogues des Carmélites for The Royal Opera and Rushes – Fragments of a Lost Story for The Royal Ballet, and in the 2014/15 Season creates the lighting design for The Royal Opera's production of Orfeo at the Roundhouse.

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, Rufus Norris and Deborah Warner. 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), Tosca, Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Salome (Paris), The Tempest, Parsifal, St François d’Assise and La Juive (Netherlands Opera), Don Carlos (Bolshoi Theatre) 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 and 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 include Olivier Awards (Best Lighting Design) for Richard III and White Chameleon and an Evening Standard Award (Best Lighting) for Festen.