Jean Kalman Lighting designer
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Jean Kalman was born in Paris in 1945 and since 1979 he has created the lighting for countless theatre and opera productions in France, Japan, Great Britain, Holland, and Italy. He has worked with numerous directors including Peter Brook, Hans Peter Cloos, Pierre Audi (for whom he created the lighting for several productions at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam and, more recently, Iphigénie en Aulide and Iphigénie en Tauride at La Monnaie in Brussels as well as Attila at New York’s Metropolitan Opera), Robert Carsen (Nabucco, Alcina, and Les Contes d’Hoffmann among others at the Paris Opera), Nicholas Hytner, Tim Albery, Zhang Yimou (Turandot at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino), Jean-Louis Martinoty (Le Nozze di Figaro at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées), Francesca Zambello (Dialogues des carmélites and Boris Godunov at the Paris Opera), Jonathan Miller, Tim Supple, Adrian Noble, and Deborah Warner...
He created the sets and lighting for the Deborah Warner production of Fidelio at the Glyndebourne Festival as well as the lighting design for the world premiere productions of Dionysos (Wolfgang Rihm) at the 2010 Salzburg Festival and Gisela ! (Hans Werner Henze) at the Ruhrtriennale (September 2010). Jean Kalman received the 1991 Laurence Olivier Best Lighting Design Award for Richard III at London’s Royal National Theatre and the 2004 Evening Standard Award for Festen at the Almeida Theatre. More recently, he created the lighting for John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer at the English National Opera (Tom Morris), Orlando at La Monnaie in Brussels (Pierre Audi), La Traviata at the Vienna Staatsoper (Deborah Warner), Wolfgang Rihm’s Dionysos at the Berlin Staatsoper (Pierre Audi), Charpentier’s Médée at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (Pierre Audi), Die Zauberflöte (Simon McBurney) and Guillaume Tell (Pierre Audi) at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, the world premiere of Jonathan Harvey’s Wagner Dream at the Welsh National Opera (directed by and with sets and costumes by Pierre Audi), and the world premiere of Julian Anderson’s Thebans (Pierre Audi) at the English National Opera. 

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  • Opéra Bastille
  • from 03 September to 26 November 2022

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