The centerpiece of The Lighthouse is, not surprisingly, a lighthouse. Technical director for the Dallas Opera Drew Field describes as the fourth actor in the show.
New York-based and Tony-nominated set designer Beowulf Boritt's lighthouse has a personality that, with the help of lighting designer Tyler Micoleau's artistry, shifts and changes throughout the opera. It is both beautiful and frightening. It looks as if it has weathered many storms, and will be around for much more to come. Sometimes it feels homey, other times cramped and very, very isolated.
Oh, and the lighthouse is surrounded by water. The stage of the Wyly Theatre has been carefully flooded around the rotating base of the lighthouse.
In the following video, we show you the set going from an idea to living, breathing reality.
Appearing in "GETTING TECHNICAL": Technical director for the Dallas Opera Drew Field and first electrician for Dallas Theater Center David Gibson.
Videos produced and edited by Emily Trube and Eric Shaddix, along with Michael Warner. Interviews for "Getting Technical" conducted by Emily Trube.
Pictured on the cover: The main setpiece of The Lighthouse being lowered. Photo by Emily Trube.
Gregory Sullivan Isaacs' feature about the project is here.
Keith Cerny's Off the Cuff column about creating new opera is here.