Following his acclaimed lighting design for the inaugural Festival of Outback Opera, Bernie Tan-Hayes made his main stage production debut in Opera Queensland’s The Marriage of Figaro, prior to which he has had an extensive international lighting career.
Bernie’s other opera credits include: New Zealand Opera: La bohéme and Eugene Onegin; Pinchgut Opera: Semele, The Fairy Queen, Orfeo, Dardenus, Idomeneo, Juditha Triumphans, David and Jonathan, Lormindo and Orpheus and Eurydice; Brisbane Festival: Miracle in Brisbane; Sydney Conservatorium of Music: Die Fledermaus, Dialogue of The Carmelites, Pirates of Penzance; Opera Australia: Opera in the Bowl, Meet in Beijing Festival; and the Yarrabah Community Opera.
A selection of Bernie’s theatre credits: Griffin Theatre Company: Quack, Strange Attractor, Modern International Dead, Tiger Country, October, King Tide; Sydney Theatre Company: Travesties, Macbeth. Queensland Theatre Company: God of Carnage. Ensemble Theatre Company: The Little Dog Laughed, Ninety, Brooklyn Boy, Are You There, Derrida in Love, The Busy World is Hushed; La Boite Theatre Company: Amigos; NORPA: Mr BBQ, The Flood; Queensland Music Festival: Bobcats Dancing, Charters Towers the Musical; Erth Visual and Physical Inc.: Gondwana, Nargun and the Stars; Blackbird Productions: Steel Magnolias.
Bernie has previously served as touring technical manager and lighting designer for Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company and Belvoir and as associate lighting designer to Nick Schlieper for several years. He is currently APAC CEO and head of technology for FPOV, a large international lighting and AV design consultancy.