British-born lighting designer Paul Pyant made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2003 with his designs for Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and he returned this past fall for Xerxes. He is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and has enjoyed long associations with the Glyndebourne Festival; English National Opera; the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Royal National Theatre; English National Ballet; and Northern Ballet Theatre. His work has also been seen at the Metropolitan Opera, Milan’s La Scala, Los Angeles Opera, the Vienna State Opera and Volksoper, Houston Grand Opera, Florence’s Maggio Musicale Festival, and the Kirov Opera, among many others. Theater credits include productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Donmar Warehouse, and the West End Theater. Broadway productions include Tennessee Williams’s Orpheus Descending and Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, both of which earned him a Tony Award nomination, as well as The Woman in White, Primo, and Electra by Sophocles.