American lighting designer Adam Silverman made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2007 on Tannhäuser, directed by Graham Vick, and returned in 2014 with Partenope. Silverman trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts and now works extensively in opera, theater, and dance. Opera credits include Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for Netherlands Opera; Un Ballo in Maschera for the Metropolitan Opera; Otello, The Turn of the Screw, Billy Budd, Julius Caesar, Peter Grimes, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jenůfa and Kát’a Kabanová for English National Opera; La Battaglia di Legnano, I Due Foscari, I Lombardi, and Death in Venice for Hamburg State Opera; Norma and the "Eight Little Greats" season for Opera North; and Adriana Lecouvreur and Andrea Chénier for Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He has also worked for companies including Deutsche Oper Berlin, Vienna State Opera, Teatro Real Madrid, Bavarian State Opera, and the Aix-en-Provence Festival. Music theater credits include My Fair Lady at the Théâtre du Châtelet, directed by Robert Carsen.
In dance, Silverman works regularly with Fabulous Beast, his credits including Rian, The Rite of Spring, James Son of James, The Bull, The Flowerbed, and Giselle. His theater credits include designs on Broadway and the West End, for the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Almeida, the Gate and the Young Vic.