Lighting designer Rick Fisher has been a regular at Santa Fe Opera for fifteen operas to date, beginning with The Egyptian Helen and Wozzeck in 2001 and continuing through the 2010 Madame Butterfly and Albert Herring. In 2011 he returned for the revivals of La Boheme and Wozzeck and The Santa Fe Opera’s first production of The Last Savage. In 2012 he provided the lighting design for The Pearl Fishers, and in 2013 he is lighting a new production of The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein and the world premiere of Oscar.
Originally from Philadelphia, Fisher has spent most of his career in Great Britain where he has served as the chairman of the British Association of Lighting Designers. He is active in theater, opera and dance. Among his most current projects are The Merchant of Venice for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Sweeney Todd in its French premiere at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, and The Sound of Music in Buenos Aires. Recent opera productions include The Little Prince for New York City Opera and Houston Grand Opera, The Fiery Angel and Turandot at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, The Capulets and the Montagues at the Spoleto Festival USA, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Teatro La Fenice, and Wozzeck at the Royal Opera House. His theater work in Britain includes The Philanthropist, Old Times, Jerry Springer the Opera, Hamlet, and Honour.
In 2009, Fisher received a Tony Award for best lighting design and a Drama Desk Award for outstanding lighting design for Billy Elliot the Musical on Broadway. He also did the lighting for the West End and Australian productions. Among his numerous other awards is the 2008 Theatre Lighting Designer of the Year from Lighting Design International (LDI).