John Charlton is Lighting Manager for The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet both at Covent Garden and on tour. He designed lighting for John Copley's production of La bohème for The Royal Opera. He has lit revivals of productions for The Royal Opera including Turandot, Madama Butterfly, La traviata, Don Giovanni, Il trovatore, The Greek Passion, Tosca, Carmen and Die Zauberflöte. He was co-lighting designer for The Royal Opera’s productions of La sonnambula (2002 and 2011) and Così fan tutte, and lighting designer for I Capuleti e i Montecchi and La bohème.
Charlton studied electrical engineering and worked at the Adelphi, Lyric, Her Majesty’s, Phoenix, Savoy and Vaudeville theatres, before joining the Royal Opera House to work with lighting control systems. He later was appointed Assistant Head of the Electrics Department of the Royal Opera House, assisting on new productions and revivals.
Charlton was part of the design team for the stage lighting systems in the rebuilding of the Royal Opera House in 1999.