Two Opera Theatre of Saint Louis designers received Tony Awards last night for their work on Broadway.
Christopher Akerlind, Opera Theatre’s resident lighting designer, and Jane Greenwood, renowned costume designer, were both recognized for their outstanding work in their respective fields.
Christopher Akerlind, Opera Theatre’s resident lighting designer, was awarded the Tony for Best Lighting Design of a Play for his work on Broadway’s Indecent. Akerlind’s work was first seen at Opera Theatre in the 1990 production of The Marriage of Figaro. He has continued to design for OTSL almost every year since, and designed all four productions for the 2017 season. Akerlind was previously awarded the Tony for Best Lighting Design of a Musical for The Light in the Piazza in 2005. He has also been nominated for five other Tony Awards, honoring his work on Rocky (2014), Porgy and Bess (2012), 110 in the Shade (2007), Awake and Sing! (2006), and Seven Guitars (1996).
Jane Greenwood, who has designed costumes for three OTSL productions, was awarded the Tony for best Costume Design for Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes on Broadway, a production starring Cynthia Nixon and Laura Linney. She has received 20 Tony nominations for numerous Broadway productions and a Lifetime Achievement Tony Award for her extraordinary body of work in 2014. Greenwood’s designs have been seen at Opera Theatre in Flight (2003), The Secret Marriage (2004), and Jane Eyre (2006).
Opera Theatre’s 2017 Festival Season runs for two more weeks, through June 25, 2017. The season features Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, the American premiere of Philip Glass and Christopher Hampton’s The Trial, the premiere of a new performing version of Ricky Ian Gordon and Michael Korie’s The Grapes of Wrath, Mozart’s Titus (La clemenza di Tito), and the annual Center Stage showcase concert featuring members of OTSL’s young artist programs. For tickets and more information, visit ExperienceOpera.org or call the box office at (314) 961- 0644.