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Davy Cunningham

Davy Cunningham was born in Scotland and studied philosophy at Stirling University.  He has worked extensively in both opera and theatre and has lit over 250 opera productions world-wide. He is a recipient of the Martinů Foundation Award in the Czech Republic.

Opera productions in Britain include: GREEK PASSION (Royal Opera, London also Brno); many productions at the English National Opera including MANON LESCAUT, NABUCCO and THE EXCURSIONS OF MR BROUCHEK (also Munich),  A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (also Aix-en-Provence, Lyon, Athens, Ravenna, Turin, Strasbourg, Ludwigshafen & Bordeaux) and THE MIKADO (also NY City Opera, Houston, Portland and Venice); fifteen works for Opera North including PINOCCHIO (also Chemnitz, Minnesota and Moscow), TRISTAN AND ISOLDE (also Bochum) and JULIETTA  (also Opera Zuid and Prague ); eight productions for Scottish Opera including MINOTAUR, RIGOLETTO,  IL TROVATORE (also Santander), DON GIOVANNI, KATYA KABANOVA, NORMA and DALIBOR (1998 Edinburgh Festival); IL TROVATORE, CENDRILLON Welsh National Opera (also Monte-Carlo, Turin, Toulouse and Antwerp); ANGEL MAGICK (1998 BBC Proms, London); DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT (English Touring Opera); MR EMMET TAKES A WALK (Orkney Festival, Vienna 2003); THÉRÈSE RAQUIN (Linbury Studio, ROH 2006).  Davy was lighting consultant for English National Opera's Italian season in 2000.

European opera productions include GIULIO CESARE, I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI (also Genoa) and MANON LESCAUT  (Opéra de Paris-Bastille & Garnier); ORLANDO (Lille, Champs-Elysées and Dijon); DER FREISCHÜTZ (Montpellier + Liège); BORIS GODUNOV (Opera National de Lyon + Mannheim); DIE FLEDERMAUS,  MAHAGONNY, DER ROSENKAVALIER (Nancy); DER ROSENKAVALIER (Monte Carlo);

MANON LESCAUT (Bologna); MIDSUMMER NIGHT’SNIGHT(at)S DREAM (La Scala, Milan); ALBERT HERRING (Montepulciano);

LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, EVERY GOOD BOY DESERVES FUN (Perm, Russia);  MACBETH (Kirov-Mariinski, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Kennedy Center, Metropolitan Opera);

DON CARLOS (Staatsoper, Berlin); LES TROYENS (Deutsche Oper Berlin);I PURITANI, FAUST, KATYA KABANOVA (Bayerische Staatsoper); THE TEMPEST, LEAR and DEATH IN VENICE (Frankfurt); LEAR, LA BOHÈME (Hamburg); FIDELIO, LES TROYENS, DER FREISCHÜTZ (Leipzig); CARDILLAC and STREET SCENE (Dresden); COSI FAN TUTTE, DON GIOVANNI,  l’ELISIR D’AMORE and COSI FAN TUTTE (Baden-Baden); WOZZECK, CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA and I PAGLIACCI, LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST (Essen);

NORMA, THE NOSE and L'ELISIR D'AMORE (Nederlandse Opera); ZORA D (Opera Studio Netherlands, Vienna and Belgrade); WERTHER(also Oviedo and Sofia), MACBETH, LA CENERENTOLA, TURN OF THE SCREW and LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK (La Monnaie); IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, LUISE MILLER, OTELLO, PIQUE DAME, TOSCA (also Lisbon and Venice) and PARSIFAL (Vlaamse Opera, Antwerp);  FIDELIO and DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER (Opéra Royale de Wallonie);

LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK, KHOVANSCHINA (Barcelona);

PARSIFAL, ALBERT HERRING, PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE, WERTHER, LE NOZZE DI FIGARO and IDOMENEO (Copenhagen); FIDELIO, TRISTAN UND ISOLDE, LES DIALOGUES DES CARMELITES, LOHENGRIN and LA BOHÈME (Göteborg); LIFE WITH AN IDIOT (Malmö and Copenhagen); FIDELIO, BARABAS (Oslo); FAUST, PARSIFAL (Tallinn);

DER KAUFMAN VON VENEDIG, ANDREA CHENIER, TOSCA (seen in the James Bond film ‘The Quantum of Solace’), GREEK PASSION, FIDELIO, DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER and NABUCCO (Bregenzer Festspiele); DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE and DON GIOVANNI (Wiener Kammeroper); Leoncavallo's LA BOHEME, LUISE MILLER, YOLANTA and WERTHER (Vienna Festival);

IDOMENEO (Lausanne); TOSCA (Zürich + TV); DIE LUSTIGE WITWE (Basel + Copenhagen) and JENUFA and FIDELIO (Geneva).

Further afield he has lit ROMEO ET JULIETTE (Metropolitan Opera); GIULIO CESARE (Australian Opera and Los Angeles) and DIE ENTFÜHRUNG (Istanbul International Music Festival at Topkapi Museum).

London West End includes Chekhov's IVANOV, Shakespeare's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and Nicol Williamson's one man show JACK; THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at the RSC; THE MISER at the National Theatre and five productions at the Old Vic.  For Yuri Lyubimov he lit productions in London, Vienna and Bologna as well as operas in Karlsruhe and Paris.

Other theatre productions include HANGING GARDENS, THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA, BIG MAGGIE (Abbey, Dublin); BECKETT CYCLE (also Barbican London), THE CONSTANT WIFE (also Charleston/Spoleto 2007), AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE, MRS WARREN’S PROFESSION, THE SPECKLED PEOPLE, THE WEIR, LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN and THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (Gate, Dublin); SIVE and WELL OF THE SAINTS leading to the complete cycle of all J.M. Synge’s plays for Druid Theatre Galway (Druid Theatre, Galway, Edinburgh Festival 2005, New York and Minneapolis 2006; also THE GIGLI CONCERT, PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD on tour in the USA 2008) ,THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN (also Broadway 2008/09 and Boston 2011) and THE SILVER TASSIE (2010, also Broadway 2011); TRANSLATIONS (Princeton and Broadway 2006/07); EVERYONE, A WINTER’S TALE, AS YOU LIKE IT, OTHELLO and seven Christmas productions at the Royal Lyceum Edinburgh; AS YOU LIKE IT at the Nottingham Playhouse and JULIUS CÆSAR at Birmingham Rep.; THE COLLECTOR, HAMLET (2009 UK tour) and  BLUE ORANGE (Scottish tour 2005) Rapture Theatre Company; A LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (Druid, Galway); MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS (Tricycle Theatre); THE MISSING (National Theatre of Scotland 2011).

Future work includes:  the Dundee Rep Christmas production; FALSTAFF (Frankfurt); I CAPULETTI ED I MONTECCHI (Bastille); LA TRAVIATA (Baden Baden).

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