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Jesper Kongshaug

Lighting designer


Danish lighting designer Jesper Kongshaug made his Royal Opera debut in the 2016/17 Season on Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, directed by Kasper Holten.

Kongshaug trained in the USA and works extensively as a lighting designer in the performing arts and for architecture. Opera credits include Der Ring des Nibelungen and Ruder’s Selma Jezková for Royal Danish Opera, Le Grand Macabre for San Francisco Opera, Le nozze di Figaro for Theater an der Wien, Lohengrin for Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre and Deutsche Oper Berlin, Die Zauberflöte for Boston Lyric Opera, Idomeneo for Vienna State Opera, Der Rosenkavalier for Lyon Opera, La traviata for Royal Swedish Opera and Der fliegende Holländer for Finnish National Opera. He regularly collaborates with Kirsten Dehlholm and Hotel Pro Forma, credits including War Sum Up, I Only Appear to Be Dead and Operation: Orfeo, and with Odin Theatre, including on Mythos. Work in dance includes Akhram Khan’s Vertical Road, and in musical theatre Hair for Betty Nansen Theatre, Miss Saigon for Malmö Opera and Goya with Plácido Domingo for KlangBogen Festival.

Kongshaug’s architectural work includes the ‘Northern Lights’ exhibition for the Kennedy Center, lighting design for National Aquarium Denmark and the light installation Winterlight for the Copenhagen European Capital of Culture (1996). He teaches at the Royal Danish Design School and the Danish National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance, and has lectured for Stanford University. His awards include the 2008 Nordic Light Award and the 2008 Danish Lighting Award.