Nigel Levings (Lighting Designer)|
Nigel Levings is Australia´s leading lighting designer. In a distinguished career he has lit over 350 original productions including 82 operas and 20 musicals. He has lit production for most of Australia´s major Theatre and Opera companies.
Mr Levings credits include:
Significant sections of the repertoire of Opera Australia including: Cosi fan tutte, The magic flute, Don Giovanni, Un ballo in maschera, La traviata, Don Carlo, The Turn of the Screw, L´incoronazione di Poppea, Otphee at Euridice, Die Meistersinger von Nurenberg, Fidelio, Hansel and Gretel, The Makropulos Secret, Jenufa, The Cunning Little Vixen and Katya Kabanova.
Romeo and Juliet, Dance of Death, Uncle Vanya, Death and the Maiden and The Crucible for the Sydney Theatre Company and Master Builder and The Seagull for Belvoir Street Theatre.
Other credits include the musicals The King and I, How to Succeed and South Pacific for The Gordon Frost Organisation. Aspects of Love for The Really Useful Company in Australia and the UK. The Baz Luhrman production of A Midsummer Night´s Dream (Best Opera Production Australia 1993 and Best Production 1994 Edinburh Festival) for the 1994 Edinburgh Festival. Der Rosenkavalier for The Welsh National Opera and for Opera Australia, Barrie Kosky´s production of Nabucco (including a broadcast and video for ABC TV) and Wozzeck for Opera Australia. A Cristmas Carol for The Royal Shakespeare Company, Ian Judge´s IMG/ Victoria State Opera production of West Side Story (Best Musical Mo Award 1995). La Belle Vivette for English National Opera. He also lit the Richard Mills opera of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll for Victoria State Opera, Opera Australia and ABC television broadcast.
For television he has lit 16 Operas for broadcast and video including two production of La Boheme. A 1988 version which won an International Emmy Award and a more recent 1993 version by the Australian film director Baz Luhrman.
Recent work includes Samson et Dalila for Opera Queensland and for Opera Australia. Ian Judge´s production of Macbeth for the Sydney Theatre Company. Neil Armfield´s production of Rubinstein´s The Demon for the Bregenz Festival in Austria and for Opera Zurich. The musical The King and I on Broadway (winner Outstanding Lighting Design Award at the Outer Circle Critics Awards, nominated for Drama Desk and Tony Awards for Best Lighting Design) and currently playing at The London Palladium. Simon Boccanegra (1857 version) with Leiferkus, Domingo and Esperian for The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (the last new production ever to open on the old Royal Opera House stage) and Simon Boccanegra (1883 version) for Washington Opera. The Stefanos Lazaridis conceived and designed production of Pelleas at Melisande for Opera Australia and Neil Armfield´s production of Billy Budd for Welsh National Opera. Opera Australia and soon for Canadian Opera. David Pountney´s production of Lucia di Lammermoor for New Israeli Opera. At the Sydney Olympics Arts Festival he lit Stephen Baynes´ new ballet Personal Best for The Australian Ballet.