SFOpera - James F. Ingalls

James F. Ingalls

(New York, New York)

2017-18 Season: Lighting Designer of Girls of the Golden West

James F. Ingalls’ work previously appeared in San Francisco Opera’s productions of John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer and Doctor Atomic. He graduated from the Yale School of Drama as a stage manager. He then toured as stage manager with the dance troupe Twyla Tharp Dance, where he worked alongside Jennifer Tipton, thereby beginning his career as a lighting designer. He has worked extensively on Broadway and in London, as well as for Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera, Playwrights Horizons, Goodman Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, and Steppenwolf. He has designed lighting for a large number of ballets, plays, and operas, including John Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary and El Niño, Antonio Estévez’ Cantata Criolla, The Tristan Project, Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex / Symphony of Psalms, Kaija Saariaho’s La Passion de Simone and L'amour de loin, and György Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments. His work in Europe includes many productions with Peter Sellars (Desdemona, Adriana Mater, The Rake’s Progress, The Death of Klinghoffer, Saint François d’Assise), the Mark Morris Dance Group (Mozart Dances, King Arthur, The Hard Nut, Dido and Aeneas), and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (Split Sides and Fluid Canvas). He has been honored repeatedly by the Drama-Logue Award, Obie Award, and the Joseph Jefferson Award for Lighting Design. Recent projects include Tristan und Isolde at Canadian Opera Company, The Big Knife and Glengarry Glen Ross on Broadway, and To Make Crops Grow with the Paul Taylor Dance Company.