Peter Van Praet

Current as of May 2021

The Belgian lighting designer Peter Van Praet was head of lighting at Opera Vlaanderen, where he designed the lighting for a Janáček cycle directed by Robert Carsen. Since then, he has been Carsen’s lighting designer of choice, and has worked with him worldwide on numerous productions, among them Don Giovanni and Peter Grimes at La Scala, Milan, Falstaff and Aida at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and Der Rosenkavalier at the Metropolitan Opera, New York. His recent productions with Carsen include Werther in Baden-Baden, Ariodante at the Paris Opéra, Don Carlo in Essen, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival in 2021.

Peter Van Praet also collaborates regularly with Christophe Coppens (Norma, Duke Bluebeard’s Castle / The Miraculous Mandarin and The Cunning Little Vixen at La Monnaie in Brussels), and has designed lighting for numerous productions by Valentina Carrasco, most recently La fanciulla del West in Turin, Gerardo Gandini’s La ciudad ausente at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Nixon in China at the Paris Opéra, La Favorite at the Donizetti Opera Festival in Bergamo and Tosca and Aida at the Macerata Opera Festival. He was also co-set designer on Carrasco’s productions of La fanciulla del West, Nixon in China and La Favorite.

Peter Van Praet made his Salzburg Festival debut in 2004 as the lighting designer for Robert Carsen’s production of Der Rosenkavalier.

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