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Paul Pyant

Lighting designer

Biography

British lighting designer Paul Pyant made his Royal Opera debut in 1991 on the world premiere of Gawain. He has since returned to create the lighting designs for Il viaggio a Reims, Stiffelio, Die Zauberflöte, Le nozze di Figaro, Boulevard Solitude, Don Giovanni, La clemenza di Tito and The Minotaur (world premiere) and Parsifal, directed by Stephen Langridge. For The Royal Balet he created the lighting design for the 2008 revival of Michael Corder's L'Invitation au voyage.

Pyant was born in 1953 and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he is now an associate. His enduring relationship with Glyndebourne Festival began in 1974, with lighting credits there including Le nozze di Figaro and Falstaff, directed by Peter Hall, and Death in Venice, directed by Stephen Lawless. He has worked extensively for opera houses around the world, including for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, La Scala, Milan, the Kirov Opera and English National Opera, and for ballet companies including English National Ballet, Boston Ballet and Norwegian National Ballet.

Pyant has worked prolifically in theatre, particularly with the National Theatre, where credits include The Wind in the Willows and The Madness of King George, directed by Nicholas Hytner, and Troilus and Cressida, directed by Trevor Nunn. His work has also been seen widely in the West End and on Broadway. His music theatre credits include The Lord of the Rings in 2008. His awards include a Critics’ Circle Award for Best Lighting for Carousel.