Sydney Opera House

Nick Schlieper


Nick Schlieper has designed lighting for all of the major performing arts companies in Australia, and works regularly in Europe and USA.

This year Nick returns to Opera Australia to light The Marriage of Figaro, to Sydney Theatre Company for Face to Face ( set and lighting design), Uncle Vanya in New York and Big and Little in London, Paris, Vienna and Recklinghausen, Germany; Every Breath, and Death of a Salesman (Belvoir Street Theatre), Pompeii LA (set and lighting design for The Malthouse Theatre Company), Love Never Dies in Sydney (The Really Useful Company) and  A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum (Gordon Frost) in Melbourne.

During recent seasons he has worked with the major Australian theatre and opera companies including STC (notably Long Days’ Journey into Night in Sydney and Portland, USA, Uncle Vanya, War of the Roses, Dissocia, Elling, The City and A Streetcar Named Desire), Malthouse/STC co-production of Baal (set and lighting); MTC (Hamlet, Richard III ); Bell Shakespeare Company (Hamlet, Othello, Troilus and Cressida);Queensland Theatre Company/STC co-production of No Man’s Land; Belvoir Street and Opera Queensland, as well as Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Musical in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, New York, London, Milan, Sao Paolo and Toronto seasons and Love Never Dies in Melbourne for The Really Useful Company (filmed and released on DVD and Blu-ray worldwide and released in cinemas in USA and Canada).

His theatre credits include The Year of Magical Thinking, The Serpent’s Teeth, Blackbird, Dissident, Mother Courage, The Season at Sarsaparilla, A Kind of Alaska/Reunion, Hedda Gabler, Victory, Endgame, A Doll’s House, Volpone, The Three Sisters, Don Juan, Cyrano de Bergerac, A Delicate Balance, Les Parents Terribles, The Life of Galileo, Pentecost, As You Like It, Threepenny Opera, King Lear, Racing Demon for Sydney Theatre Company; Ninety, The Glass Soldier, Cyrano de Bergerac, Two Brothers, The Visit, Inheritance, Great Expectations, Proof, The Tempest, Comedy of Errors, Poor Boy, and Measure for Measure for Melbourne Theatre Company; The Department, Cosi, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Marat/Sade, Kafka Dances and The Idiot for State Theatre Company of South Australia; The Tempest, Good Works (and set design) and XPO for Queensland Theatre Company; Lulu, Black Mary, The Unexpected Man and Measure for Measure for Belvoir Street Theatre;

Nick has also designed lighting for Scheherazade  for the Australian Ballet, the acclaimed Cinderella for Royal New Zealand Ballet and several works for Bangarra Dance Company including Bush.

His extensive work in opera in Australia includes Don Giovanni, Nabucco, Tannhäuser, Il trovatore, L’elisir d’amore, Andrea Chenier, Freischütz, Falstaff and Seraglio for Opera Australia; Salome (and set design) and Parsifal for State Opera of South Australia; Flying Dutchman, Don Giovanni, and Ken Russell’s Madam Butterfly for Victoria State Opera; Macbeth (and set design) for Opera New Zealand and Don Giovanni (and set design) for Opera Queensland.  He was also lighting and associate set designer of the first Australian production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle in Adelaide in 2004.

His international work includes productions of Billy Budd and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Hamburg State Opera; The Hostage for the Royal Shakespeare Company; The Government Inspector for Theatr Clwyd in Wales; Blackbird in New Zealand and at the RuhrFestspiele, Germany, Armut, Reichtum, Mensch und Tier and The Ginger Man for Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg; Kasimir und Karoline and Lea's Hochzeit for Theater in der Josefstadt, in Vienna; U.F.A. Revue for Berlin and Kennedy Centre Washington; Michael Kramer and Ein Florentinerhut for Schillertheater in Berlin; Michael Bogdanov’s productions of Macbeth and Peer Gynt for the State Theatre of Bavaria; Aristokraten for Stuttgart; Tales of Hoffman for Wiesbaden; Away and Summer of the Seventeenth Doll at the Summerfare Festival in New York and Hedda Gabler with Cate Blanchett, also in New York.

In 2013 Nick will return to Opera Australia (Tosca), and Sydney Theatre Company (The Maids, Fury, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead), as well as lighting new productions of Otello for Capetown Opera, South Africa, and Uncle Vanya in Oslo for the National Theatre, Norway.

Nick has received six Green Room Awards, four Sydney Critics Awards, as well as Helpmann Awards in 2004, 2009 and 2011.

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