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Production Lighting by Duane Schuler

Duane Schuler continues his busy career as one of the opera world’s most sought after lighting designers.


Since the beginning of this year, his projects have included productions of Maometto Secondo for the Canadian Opera Company, Nabucco for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, La donna del lago for New York’s Metropolitan Opera, La Boheme for The Los Angeles Opera Company and Beatrice and Benedict at England’s legendary Glyndebourne Opera.


Most recently his Count Ory for the Seattle Opera generated this reaction… “Australian stage director Lindy Hume kept the action continually on the boil, while Dan Potra’s ingenious designs provided an ever-changing set with elements that revolve, slide, open, and close constantly into new forms, all beautifully lighted by Duane Schuler.”


Some of Duane's other recent productions include La Fanciulla del West for the Paris Opera, Bel Canto for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Rigoletto for the English National Opera, Turandot at Teatro alla Scala, Milan, and Don Pasquale at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Opera Barcelona.

Upcoming projects include Norma for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Salome for The Los Angeles Opera, The Magic Flute for the Seattle Opera, and La Cenerentola for the Metropolitan Opera,

Significant previous productions include Benvenuto Cellini and Elektra at the Salzburg Festival, Dead Man Walking at the Staatsoper Dresden, Eugene Onegin and Pique Dame for Opera de Lyon, Tannhäuser for De Nederlandse Opera, Manon for the Staatsoper Berlin, Robert le diable for the Royal Opera House in London, Lohengrin and Lulu at La Scala, and Pelléas et Mélisande at the Metropolitan Opera.

Duane says, "Lighting design is a 40-year labor of love for me. Early in my career, I assisted Gilbert Hemsley at The Kennedy Center on the premiere of Leonard Bernstein's Mass. That work, and the wonderful design work that Gilbert did on so many productions, was an inspiration. I continue to marvel at the power and beauty of light, both on and off the stage."

"The Sound of Music," Lyic Opera Chicago.  Photo by Todd Rosenberg.
"The Sound of Music," Lyic Opera Chicago. Photo by Todd Rosenberg.

"Tannhäuser,"  De Nederlandse Opera
"Tannhäuser," De Nederlandse Opera

"The Magic Flute,"  Seattle Opera
"The Magic Flute," Seattle Opera

"The redoubtable Duane Schuler’s lighting was of the highest caliber throughout."

James Sohre for Opera Today, covering La Fanciulla del West in Amsterdam