Laurent Castaingt was drawn to the theatre arts and more specifically, lighting design at an early age. For over 25 years, he has divided his time between theatre and opera. Although he has participated in numerous collaborations most of his work revolves around a handful of directors: Jean‑Claude Auvray (Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci at the 2009 Chorégies d’Orange), Alfredo Arias, Bernard Murat (Tennessee Williams’ Kingdom on Earth), Jean‑Claude Berutti, René Loyon, and Jean‑Louis Grinda (scenography for Contes d’Hoffmann and Tannhäuser, lighting design for La Traviata, Rheingold, La Navarraise, L’Enfant et les sortilèges, Samson et Dalila, Falstaff and Ernani in Monte Carlo, and Carmen at the Capitole in Toulouse). In addition, he has worked alongside such diverse personalities as Hideyuki Yano, Roman Polanski, Karel Reisz, Jean‑Claude Buchard, Gérard Desarthe, François Marthouret, Gilles Cohen, Madeleine Marion, Pierre Barrat, Marie-Noële Rio, Olivier Bénezech, Pierre Ascaride, Stephan Grögler, Marie‑Pascale Osterrieth and Karl Lagerfeld.
He has created the lighting for Vincent Delerm, Michèle Bernier (Et pas une ride!), Alain Delon (La Route de Madison), Sylvie Testud (Gamines), Laure Duthilleul (Europeana), Richard Brunel (Lakmé, and the world premiere production of Stroppa’s Re Orso), Juliette de Charnacé and Ghedalia Tazartès (L’Hymne à l’amour, 2), and Renée Auphan (La Chartreuse de Parme at the Marseille Opera). He also collaborates regularly with young artists, creating the sets and the lighting for the likes of Elsa Rooke (Dario Argento’s Postcards from Morocco and Conrad Suza’s Transformations, at the Lausanne Opera; Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Théâtre du Jorat in Mézières); and Marguerite Borie (Salomé in Monte Carlo, Liège and the Vienna Volksoper). He also created the lighting for François Schuitten’s 9,000 m2 scenography for Planet of Visions at Expo 2000 in Hanover. His research into luminous materials, space and nature also gave rise to an installation for the 2005 Festival Arbres et Lumières in Geneva (Ecorces Vives). Laurent Castaingt has earned three Molière nominations for best lighting design.
Guillaume Tell (Lighting) at the Chorégies d’Orange and Mefistofele (sets and lighting design) at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse with Jean-Louis Grinda