Paul Pyant designs the lighting for The Royal Opera’s new production of Parsifal in the 2013/14 Season. His many lighting designs for The Royal Opera include Boulevard Solitude (2001), Don Giovanni (2002), La clemenza di Tito (2002) and the world premieres of Birtwistle’s Gawain (1991) and The Minotaur (2008).
Pyant was born in Britain 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, and lighting credits there include Peter Hall’s productions of Le nozze di Figaro and Falstaff and Stephen Lawless’s production of Death in Venice. He has worked extensively at 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 Nicholas Hytner’s productions of The Wind in the Willows and The Madness of King George and Trevor Nunn’s Troilus and Cressida. 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.