Biography

Bruno Poet works extensively in opera, theatre, dance, and live music. Bruno has designed for many of the world’s leading opera houses, with Rusalka (Sydney Opera House) winning the Australian Green Room Award. He has won three Knight of Illumination Awards, one for USA Awards 2019 for Festival/One-off lighting for Björk’s Cornucopia (withRichard White), one for the Sigur Rós 2013 world tour and one for Frankenstein at the National Theatre, for which he also won the Olivier Award for Best Lighting Design. Recently he was nominated for an Olivier Award for Uncle Vanya in the West End, and for a Drama Desk Award forTina the Musical on Broadway.  

Credits include: Bjork’s Cornucopia (The Shed, New York); Billie Eilish at Steve Jobs Theatre; Apollo 11 (US Tour); TINA: The Musical (Broadway/WestEnd/Broadway/Hamburg); The Lion, theWitch & the Wardrobe, A MidsummerNight's DreamJulius Caesar (BridgeTheatre); Stories, St George and the Dragon, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Treasure Island, London Road, Timon of Athens, Frankenstein, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Travelling Light (NationalTheatre); Miss Saigon (WestEnd/Broadway); Faith Healer (DonmarWarehouse); From Here to Eternity (WestEnd); The Convert (Young Vic).  Opera includes: Carmen (Bregenz Festival); Aida, (ENO and Houston Opera) Otello, Don Giovanni, The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (ROH); The Merry Widow (ENO); Akhnaten (ENO/ LA Opera/ MetNY); Carmen (ENO/ DenNorske Opera); L’arbore di Diana (Gran Teatre del Liceu), Il Trovatore, Das Liebesverbot (TeatroReal, Madrid); Die Dreigroschenoper (Theatre an der Wein); Amadeus, Der Freischutz, Cunning Little Vixen, TheSnow Queen. (Royal Danish Opera); Mitridate, re di Ponto (Drottningholms Slottsteater); Rinaldo (Lyric Opera,Chicago); Macbeth (Opera National du Rhin/Opera Monte Carlo); Salome (Palau de les Arts, Valencia).  Bruno has also designed the lighting for 14 seasons at Garsington Opera. Dance includes: The Unknown SoldierConnectome (Alastair Marriott/Royal Ballet); Material Men (ShobanaJeyasingh); Elsa Canasta (Javier de Frutos/ Scottish Ballet) and Other Stories (Royal Ballet). 

Awards

2020 Olivier Award Nomination for Uncle Vanya at the Harold Pinter Theatre, West End.

2019 Knight of Illumination USA Award for Festival/One off lighting for Björk’s Cornucopia, with Richard White.

2018 Knight of Illumination Award nomination for concert lighting design of 2017 Sigur Rós World Tour.

2014 Nomination for Whatsonstage Award for Best Lighting Design for Miss Saigon.

2013 Knight of Illumination Award for concert lighting design of Sigur Rós World Tour.

2012 Olivier Award for Best Lighting Design for Frankenstein at the National Theatre.

2012 Whatsonstage Award nomination for Best Lighting Design for Frankenstein at the National Theatre.

2012 Knight of Illumination Award nomination for Coram Boy.

2011 Knight of Illumination Award for Frankenstein at the National Theatre.

Green Room Award for Rusalka by Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House.

Nominated for Helpmann Award for Rusalka by Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House.

Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland ‘Best Design Award’ (with designer Naomi Wilkinson) for A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Dundee Rep.

Award-Winning Lighting for