Photograph from The Magic Pudding
© Charlie Kinross From the show The Magic Pudding
Photograph from Hansel & Gretel 2017 / 2018 Season - lighting design by Peter Darby
Photographer: Charlie Kinross | From the show Hansel & Gretel 2017 / 2018 Season
Photograph from The Sleeping Beauty - lighting design by Peter Darby
Photographer: Charlie Kinross | From the show The Sleeping Beauty
Photograph from Remembrance
From the show Remembrance
Photograph from Calvin Berger
From the show Calvin Berger

Peter Darby

Peter is a Green Room Award nominated Lighting Designer, Head Electrician and Programer. Peter is graduate of the VCA School of Production in Australia where he studied lighting designer under John Comeadow. Peter works extensively with Victorian Opera in the role of Technical & Operations Coordinator, personally working on more than 40 productions with the company. During this time he has had extensive experience under the guidance of acclaimed lighting designers including Paul Jackson, Matt Scott, Nigel Levings, Phi Lethlean, Damien Cooper and Richard Vabre.

Please see the credits section for Peter's lighting design credits. Below is a selection of programmer/associate credits.

Associate Lighting Designer

  • Ariadne auf Naxos - Melbourne (LD Paul Jackson)
  • Xerxes - Melbourne (LD Matt Scott)
  • The God of Carnage - Melbourne (LD Matt Scott)
  • Showboat - Melbourne (LD Matt Scott)
  • Jumpy - Sydney (LD Matt Scott)
  • Figaro - Opera Australia Tour (LD Matt Scott)

Programmer

Opera

  • William Tell (LD Simon Corder)
  • Cunning Little Vixen (LD Trudy Dalgleish)
  • Sleeping Beauty (LD Phil Lethlean)
  • 'Tis Pity (LD Eduard Ingles) 
  • Laughter & Tears (LD Eduard Ingles)
  • The Pied Piper (LD Joseph Mercurio)
  • Cinderella (LD Joseph Mercurio)
  • Lucia Di Lammermoor (LD Donn Byrnes)
  • Voyage to the Moon - National Tour (LD Matt Scott)
  • The Grumpiest Boy in the World (LD Joseph Mercurio)
  • The Flying Dutchman (LD Matt Scott)
  • Nixon in China - Victorian Opera (LD Matt Scott)
  • Cinderella - Victorian Opera (LD Richard Vabre)
  • Sleeping Beauty - Victorian Opera (LD Richard Vabre)
  • La Traviata - Victorian Opera (LD Henning Brockhaus)
  • Maria of Buenos Aires - Victorian Opera (LD Nigel Levings)
  • Rush Hour - Victorian Opera
  • The Magic Pudding - Victorian Opera
  • The Little Sweep - Victorian Opera
  • Brundibár - Victorian Opera
  • The Cockatoos - Victorian Opera
  • The Play of Daniel - Victorian Opera

Theatre

  • All Washed Up
  • Not Quite Right in the Head
  • A Fine Bromance
  • Waiting for Godot
  • The Logue of Thomas P.T. Lawrence

Previous productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative Team Opened
Hansel & Gretel 2017 / 2018 Season Opera Arts Centre Melbourne - Playhouse, then touring
Victorian Opera
Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Peter Darby
Director: Elizabeth Hill
Set designer: Ross Hall
Jun 2018
The Sleeping Beauty Opera Victorian Opera Touring Re-Lighter Lighting designer: Philip Lethlean
Director: Nancy Black
Set designer: Bluebottle
Jun 2017
The Princess and the Pea Opera Arts Centre Melbourne - Playhouse
Victorian Opera
Lighting Designer Director: Libby Hill
Set designer: Candice MacAllister
Mar 2017
Four Saints in Three Acts Opera Merlyn Theatre, The Coopers Malthouse
Victorian Opera
Lighting Designer Director: Nancy Black
Sep 2016
Remembrance Opera Hamer Hall - Melbourne, then touring
Victorian Opera
Lighting Designer Director: Rodney Hall
Aug 2015
Calvin Berger Musical Lighting Designer Director: Casey Gould
Sep 2014
Hansel and Gretel Opera Arts Centre Melbourne
Victorian Opera
Lighting Designer Director: Elisabeth Hill
Jun 2014
The Magic Pudding Opera Malthouse Theatre, then touring
Victorian Opera
Lighting Designer Director: Cameron Menzies
Set designer: Chloe Greaves
Oct 2013
Rush Hour Opera Malthouse Theatre
Victorian Opera
Lighting Designer Director: Nicki Wendt
Oct 2013

Hansel & Gretel 2017 / 2018 Season

"Peter Darby’s backdrop of mood-varying pin lighting and shadowy effects were especially evocative."
OperaChaser 10/06/2018
Theatre:
  • Regional (Main House)
  • Regional (Studio)
  • Small Scale Touring
  • Touring relights
Musical:
  • Regional (Main House)
  • Regional (Studio)
  • Touring relights
Opera:
  • International
  • Large scale
  • 'Country House'
  • Small scale
  • Touring relights
Dance:
  • Medium Scale
Concert:
  • Festival
Corporate:
  • Conferences
  • Fashion Shows
  • Product Launches
  • Award Ceremonies
Non-professional:
  • Dance
  • Musicals
  • Opera
  • Plays
Education:
  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Training