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Lindsey Lyddan, Lighting Designer, is thrilled to be working with Haymarket Opera once again on another fantastic production. She has worked all over Chicago with Silk Road Rising, Roosevelt University’s Opera Program, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago Dramatists, Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook, Lookingglass Theatre, Steppenwolf, the Goodman, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Adventure Stage Chicago, and the Cherub program at Northwestern University. She received her MFA in lighting and scenic design from Northwestern University. Lindsey is grateful to her husband, Bill, for his support in all her endeavors.


What is the story of how you first came to love music and opera?

The first opera I ever saw and theatre experience I ever had was Porgy and Bess. I was only six or seven at the time, but to this day I can still place myself in that audience, see the heat of the sunset on the stage and feel the music of Summertime wash over me, and I get goose bumps!

What is the biggest challenge you face as an artist?

For me the biggest challenge has to be incorporating the lighting element without distracting from the piece and doing my best to stay true to the period and style while using the technology of today to enhance the performance.

Who inspires you?

Oh my, everything, everyone. I love this company and feel greatly inspired by everyone involved. The passion brought to the table is infectious.

Do you have a favorite opera?

Well, I am a sucker for Porgy and Bess, but I find whichever opera I am working on quickly becomes my favorite. Something about immersing yourself in it makes it feel like love every time.

What are you reading?

Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 and for the thousandth time, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Who are your favorite 17th- and 18th-century composers?

Handel has always been a favorite.

If you were stranded on a desert island, is there one piece of music you would like to have with you?

Well, that question is just crazy. I’d have all music with me in my head.

What do you love about HOC?

The passion everyone shows for each performance.

Do you have a favorite memory from a past HOC event?

Every time I work with HOC is a blast!

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not making art?

I love to cook and garden.

What is the first thing you think about in the morning?

What am I going to cook that day!

Do you have any heroes/heroines?

My mom is amazing. She introduced me to theatre.

What music do you listen to most often?

It varies a great deal. I usually put on Pandora and have many great stations. Most recently I’ve been listening to Pink Martini radio.

If you had not entered into your current career what do you think you would have done instead?

Hmmm, that’s a hard one--maybe a sculptor or chef.