Paule Constable designed lighting for The Royal Opera’s productions of Le nozze di Figaro and Faust, directed by David McVicar, and Carmen, directed by Francesca Zambello, all performed at the Royal Opera House during the 2013/14 Season. Her other lighting designs for The Royal Opera include for McVicar's productions of Rigoletto and Die Zauberflöte and Phyllida Lloyd's production of Macbeth, and revival lighting for Bill Byrden's production of The Cunning Little Vixen. In the Linbury Studio Theatre she was co-director of The Canticles with Neil Bartlett.
Constable read English and Drama at Goldsmiths, University of London, and trained in lighting design while working in the music business. Her extensive opera credits include the lighting for more than ten productions at Glyndebourne (including McVicar’s 2011 production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), and productions at English National Opera, Metropolitan Opera, New York, and Welsh National Opera.
Constable is also a prolific lighting designer for theatre, and has won multiple awards including the 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2013 Olivier Awards for Best Lighting Design, and the 2011 Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Play for War Horse. She campaigns for environmental awareness and aims in her work to use energy efficiently.
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10 March 2014
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