Christopher Akerlind

Christopher Akerlind made his San Francisco Opera debut with his lighting designs for the world premiere of Philip Glass’s Appomattox in 2007; he returned in 2009 for Die Entführung aus dem Serail. He has designed lighting for more than six hundred theater and opera productions nationally and internationally. As resident lighting designer for the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, he has designed lighting for more than fifty productions, including the world or U.S. premieres of Champion, the Merchant and the Pauper, The Woman at Otowi Crossing, The Midnight Angel, The Vanishing Bridegroom, and The Golden Ticket. Career highlights include Il Barbiere di Siviglia for the Metropolitan Opera, Rocky the Musical at the Hamburg Operettenhaus, and the Broadway production of The Light in the Piazza, which earned Akerlind the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critic’s Circle Awards. Other Broadway credits include The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, 110 in the Shade, Awake and Sing, and Seven Guitars, all of which earned him Tony Award nominations, as well as Talk Radio, Reckless, In My Life, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, and The Piano Lesson, among others. Akerlind is the past recipient of an Obie Award for sustained excellence in lighting design and was nominated for a 2002 NAACP Theatre Award in honor of his work on Center for New Theatre’s King Lear.