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Joël Adam

Lighting designer


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 Pelléas et Mélisande (Theater an der Wien), I puritani and Ariadne auf Naxos (Paris Opéra), Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Barcelona, Lyon and San Francisco), The Love for Three Oranges and L’Etoile (Dutch National Opera), Le Comte Ory (Opéra de Lyon and La Scala, Milan), Hänsel und Gretel (Glyndebourne Festival, Teatro Real, Madrid, and in Seattle), Le Médecin malgré lui (Geneva) and The Golden Cockerel (La Monnaie, Brussels, and Teatro Real). Adam’s theatre credits with Pelly include Die Dreigroschenoper (Comédie-Française), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Odéon, Paris), King John (Avignon), Strindberg’s A Dream Play (Grenoble) and Goldoni’s The Liar (Théâtre national de Toulouse).

Adam’s further engagements include Hamlet (Théâtre de la Tempête, for Philippe Adrien), L’Avare and The Merchant of Venice (Comédie-Française, for Andrei Serban), The Seven Deadly Sins (Paris Opéra, for Laura Scozzi), Roméo et Juliette (Opéra National de Bordeaux, for Sandrine Anglade), Don Pasquale (Théâtre Municipal de Bastia, for Serge Lipszyc), AMOK (Opéra de Reims, for Orianne Moretti) and Lars Norén’s Le Temps est notre demeure (Théâtre Sorano, Toulouse, for Nathalie Nauzes).