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“Lighting design is a byproduct of the music,” says Duane Schuler. “If you listen to the music, you know what to do. When you try to impose a Wozzeck look on a Traviata, it doesn’t work. You have to be supporting the music, playing in the same key.”
At Chicago’s Lyric Opera, where Schuler is in his twenty-first season as resident lighting designer, he has created lighting for over 126 productions, the most recent being Nabucco, Peter Grimes, and La Boh√®me, as well as the internationally acclaimed Ring Cycle. Mr. Schuler was born and raised on a farm in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he studied with his mentor Gilbert V. Hemsley, Jr., whom he assisted for three years throughout the country, before spending five years as the Guthrie Theatre’s resident designer. His designs have been hailed at the Lyric, the Metropolitan Opera (including this season’s Capriccio and Samson et Dalila), the Deutsche Oper Berlin,#44; Los Angeles Opera (a collaboration with David Hockney on Tristan und Isolde), Santa Fe Opera, the Goodman Theatre, and many other major companies. He is also founding partner in Schuler and Shook, Inc., whose theatrical consulting projects include the renovation of the Civic Opera House and the new home for The Washington Opera.