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Theater professor designs lighting, scenery for "Il Trovatore," "Lady and the Gentleman"

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Neil Peter Jampolis, UCLA professor of theater and a lighting, scenic and costume designer and stage director for theater, opera and dance, designed the lighting for the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera’s production of Giuseppe Verdi’s "Il Trovatore," which ran from Feb. 28 to March 2. He will also create the scenery and lighting design for the Pilobolus Dance Theatre’s national tour of "Lady and the Gentleman," which will open on March 28 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Jampolis has served as principal designer for Pilobolus Dance Theatre since 1976, and has created works for many major companies, including the San Francisco, Canadian National and French National (Nancy) Ballets. His opera productions, including those he has directed, have been seen at the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, The Vienna State Opera, The Salzburg Festival, New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera and La Scala.
 
He has worked on more than three dozen Broadway productions, including the Royal Shakespeare Company’s "Sherlock Holmes," for which he won the Tony Award for lighting; Lily Tomlin’s "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life" (Los Angeles Drama Critics' Award-winner) and many long-running plays. He has been nominated for a Tony Award four times.
 
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