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Rick Fisher

Lighting designer


American lighting designer Rick Fisher made his Royal Opera House debut in 1993, creating the lighting design for Opera North’s production of Gloriana. He made his Royal Opera debut in 2002 on Wozzeck, directed by Keith Warner, and returned in 2009 to work on The Tsarina’s Slippers, directed by Francesca Zambello. In the Linbury Studio Theatre he created the lighting for Tarik O’Regan’s 2011 opera Heart of Darkness (ROH2/Opera East) and Simon Callow’s Inside Wagner’s Head.

Fisher was born in Philadelphia. He has worked widely in opera, dance and theatre. For Santa Fe he has designed lighting for productions including Wozzeck, Albert Herring, Madama Butterfly, La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein and Les Pêcheurs de perles. His other opera work includes Turandot and The Fiery Angel (Bolshoi), Turandot (English National Opera), Peter Grimes (Norwegian National Opera), Der fliegende Holländer (Vilnius), Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Maometto II (Garsington Festival) and Falstaff (Los Angeles Opera).

In dance, Fisher’s credits include Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake (London, Los Angeles and Broadway). He has designed lighting for West End productions including The Audience, The Judas Kiss and Chariots of Fire, and for Billy Elliot the Musical (Victoria Palace, Broadway and Australia). He has received two Olivier Awards for Best Lighting Design, and Tony Awards for Billy Elliot and An Inspector Calls (Broadway).