British lighting designer Paule Constable made her Royal Opera debut in 1990 creating the revival lighting for The Cunning Little Vixen, directed by Bill Bryden. She has since created the lighting design for The Royal Opera's productions of Rigoletto, Die Zauberflöte, Faust and Le nozze di Figaro, directed by David McVicar, Macbeth, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, and Carmen, directed by Francesca Zambello. For The Royal Ballet she created lighting designs for William Tuckett's The Seven Deadly Sins and, for ROH2, for Kim Brandstrup's Goldberg – The Brandstrup-Rojo Project. In 2013 she co-directed The Canticles with Neil Bartlett in the Linbury Studio Theatre.
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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