Christopher Akerlind’s desolate and beautiful lighting design nominated for a Knight of Illumination award!

Christopher Akerlind has been nominated for The Robert Juliat Award for Opera at the Knight of Illumination awards for his evocative lighting design for Kátya Kabanová. We are delighted for Christopher and this great compliment to the work of the whole of the Scottish Opera Electrics and Technical teams who brought his vision to life. 
Christopher’s debut production with Scottish Opera, Kátya Kabanová brought together an exceptional creative team: Director Stephen Lawless; Movement Director Lynne Hockney; and Designer Leslie Travers, who was shortlisted for the Herald Scottish Culture Award for Best Designer for this production.
The production brought to life a desolate, Soviet era town with two vast iron bridges across the stage and muddy reed-beds conjouring up the River Volga. In his five-star review in The Stage, George Hall wrote: ‘An all-pervading sense of universal decay is heightened by Christopher Akerlind’s pitiless lighting.’ In Bachtrack David Smythe praised the colours of the ‘stunningly lit’ production ‘in steely whites’, ‘briefly edged with gold’ and ‘all blues and green during the storm.’ The changing lighting was ‘almost a character pulling us right into the story.’
The winners of the Knight of Illumination, who are presented with an ornate sword, will be announced at a ceremony on 15 September 2019 at Hammersmith's Eventim Apollo.