Michael Walton made his debut with Pacific Opera Victoria as lighting designer for the April 2012 production of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda. He returned in February 2013 for Albert Herring, and in 2017 was lighting designer for Pacific Opera’s production of Jenůfa, directed by Atom Egoyan. Mr. Walton returns in 2019 for the company première of Puccini’s Il trittico.
Michael is currently based in Stratford, where recent credits with the Stratford Festival include Napoli Millionaria, The Rocky Horror Show, The Tempest, and The Music Man.
Other recent and upcoming credits include The Full Light of Day (Electric Company); Tartuffe (Canadian Stage Company); Così fan tutte with Atom Egoyan (Canadian Opera Company); A Doll’s House Part II (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre / Mirvish); A Word or Two with Christopher Plummer (Center Theater Group, Los Angeles); Jesus Christ Superstar, Anne of Green Gables, Evangeline (Charlottetown); Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (La Jolla Playhouse, California): Julie by Philippe Boesmans, Harper Regan, The Other Place, Venus in Fur, Cruel and Tender (Canadian Stage).
That this production is exquisitely beautiful was clear the instant the curtain rose. The team of Debra Hanson, who designed the set and costumes, along with Michael Walton who set up the lighting created a series of luminous imagery that drew inspiration from the impressionistic works of artist Frida Kahlo … Vivid lighting complimented by subtle use of spots directed the activity on the stage nicely. The lighting designs directed at the floor to help create the impressions of the garden were especially effective.
Brian Hay, Norules-nolights.com, Review of Così fan tutte with the Canadian Opera Company, 2014