French lighting designer Joël Adam made his Royal Opera debut in 2007 on La Fille du régiment, directed by Laurent Pelly. He has since returned to work on Manon and L’elisir d’amore, both also directed by Pelly.
Adam regularly collaborates with Pelly, their other opera credits including I puritani and Ariadne auf Naxos for Paris Opéra, La Belle Hélène for Théâtre du Châtelet and English National Opera, Les Contes d’Hoffmann for Opéra de Lyon, Liceu, Barcelona, and in San Francisco, Hänsel und Gretel and L’Heure espagnole/L’Enfant et les sortilèges for Glyndebourne Festival, L’Amour de trois oranges for Dutch National Opera, Le Roi carotte for Opéra de Lyon and Pelléas et Mélisande for Theater an der Wien. Adam’s other opera credits include Roméo et Juliette for Bordeaux Opera, directed by Sandrine Anglade.
Adam’s theatre credits with Pelly include Die Dreigroschenoper (Comédie-Française), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Odéon, Paris), A Dream (Grenoble) and The Liar (Théâtre National de Toulouse). He has also lit L’Avare and The Merchant of Venice (Comédie-Française, directed by Andrei Serban) and The Seven Deadly Sins (Paris Opéra, directed by Laura Scozzi), among other work.