In the 2013/14 Season The Royal Opera perform two productions with lighting designs by French lighting designer Joël Adam, Laurent Pelly’s productions of Manon and La Fille du régiment. Adam has also designed lighting for Pelly’s L’elisir d’amore for The Royal Opera. He works regularly with Pelly on opera and theatre productions in Europe and the USA
Adam was born and studied in France. In addition to his collaborations with Pelly for The Royal Opera (which have all toured to leading venues in Europe and the USA) his opera work for Pelly includes I puritani and Ariadne auf Naxos (Paris Opéra), La Belle Hélène (Théâtre du Châtelet and English National Opera), Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Opéra de Lyon, Liceu, Barcelona, and San Francisco), Hänsel und Gretel and L’Heure espagnole/L’Enfant et les sortilèges (Glyndebourne Festival), L’Amour de trois oranges (Netherlands Opera) and Pelléas et Mélisande (Theater an der Wien). He has also lit Roméo et Juliette for Sandrine Anglade (Bordeaux Opera).
Adam's theatre credits with Pelly include Die Dreigroschenoper (Comédie-Française), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Odéon, Paris), Strindberg’s A Dream (Grenoble) and Goldoni’s The Liar (Théâtre National de Toulouse). He has also lit L’Avare and The Merchant of Venice (Comédie-Française, for Andrei Serban) and Seven Deadly Sins (Paris Opéra, for Laura Scozzi), among other work.