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Bruno Poet

Lighting designer


British lighting designer Bruno Poet made his Royal Opera debut in 2002 on Babette’s Feast, directed by Tim Supple in the Linbury Studio Theatre. He has since returned to work on Orphée (directed by Francesco Negrin), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (directed by Olivia Fuchs) and Quartett (directed by John Fulljames) for The Royal Opera in the Linbury Studio Theatre, and on the main stage La donna del lago and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, directed by Fulljames, Don Giovanni, directed by Kasper Holten, I due Foscari, directed by Thaddeus Strassberger, and Otello, directed by Keith Warner, for The Royal Opera; for The Royal Ballet Alastair Marriott’s Connectome and The Unknown Soldier, Whelan/Watson: Other Stories and Javier De Frutos’s Les Enfants Terribles; and for Welsh National Opera Peter Pan, directed by Warner.

Poet has designed lighting for opera productions worldwide. His European work includes Béatrice et Bénédict (Theater an der Wien) and Cavalleria rusticana (Norwegian National Opera), Pagliacci (Norwegian National Opera), Al gran sole carico d’amore (Berlin State Opera), Der Freischütz and The Cunning Little Vixen (Royal Danish Opera), Das Liebesverbot and Il trovatore (Teatro Real, Madrid) and Das Portrait and Carmen (Bregenz Festival). He has a long association with Opera North, productions including Carousel, La clemenza di Tito and The Makropulos Case, and with Garsington Festival, productions including L’Olimpiade, Don Giovanni and Il turco in Italia. He has lit Aida, Akhnaten and The Merry Widow for English National Opera.

Poet designs lighting regularly for National Theatre productions, including Stories, Treasure Island, Frankenstein and Timon of Athens, for Broadway, including TINA: The Musical, and in the West End, including Miss Saigon. He has also worked for companies including the RSC and Royal Danish Theatre. He won an Olivier Award for Best Lighting Design and Knight of Illumination Award for Frankenstein. He has also designed the lighting for a world tour by Icelandic band Sigur Rós, and for Bjork’s Conucopia.

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Ballet Essentials: The Dream / Connectome / The Concert

30 May 2014
Ballet Essentials: The Dream / Connectome / The Concert

A quick guide to The Royal Ballet's new mixed programme, featuring classic works by Ashton and Robbins as well as a world premiere from Alastair Marriott.