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Zerlina Hughes


British lighting designer Zerlina Hughes makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2019/20 Season as the lighting designer for The Lost Thing, a co-production between The Royal Opera and Candoco.

Zerlina studied at Goldsmith’s College and has a Masters degree in architectural lighting from The Bartlett, UCL. She is the founder and director of the lighting design practice Studio ZNA, which works across galleries and museums internationally. Previous work with Ben Wright includes The Feeling of Going (Skänes Dansteater/Malmö Opera House) and The Summoning and The Ghost Spot (Skänes Dansteater). She has also collaborated in dance with Ballet Boyz, Cathy Marston and Theo Clinkard. She works regularly with director/designer Stewart Laing, including on Dead Man Walking, Faust and La Vie parisienne (Malmö Opera) and Tosca (Norrlands Opera, for which she won a Best Lighting Design Award). Most recently they collaboration on the award-winning The End of Eddy (Edinburgh Festival, National Theatre Scotland and BAM Festival, New York). Zerlina’s other opera credits include La Cenerentola (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées), La traviata (Teatro Comunale, Bologna) and Daphne (Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse).

Zerlina has designed widely in theatre, including several productions for Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, and Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (National Theatre).