Born in Scotland, Davy Cunningham studied philosophy at the Stirling University and has been working as an independent lighting designer since 1985.
He has already designed the lighting for operas and plays in 26 countries for 118 theatre houses, from the Metropolitan Opera in New York (Gounod's Romeo and Juliet) to Shanghai (Falstaff), or the Bregenz Festival (The Flying Dutchman, Nabucco, Fidelio, Tosca, Turandot, Andrea Chénier).
In the theatre, he designed lighting for Molière's play The Miser at the National Theatre in London, The Missing at the National Theatre of Scotland, and the complete stagings of John Millington Synge's plays for the Druid Theatre in Galway.
Recent opera productions include La sonnambula for the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Arrigo Boito's Nerone and Franco Faccio's Hamlet for the Bregenz Festival, and L’Elisir d'amore for the Leipzig Opera. He has designed the lighting on various productions at the Paris Opera: I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Manon Lescaut, Giulio Cesare and Salammbô.
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