Thomas Hase's Life in Lighting

Cincinnati Opera's Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director Evans Mirageas interviews lighting designer Thomas Hase.

Show Notes

  • Hase was Lighting Designer at Giessen State Theater (Stadttheater Giessen)
  • Hase was Lighting Designer for open-air ballet called The Shadow of Gobustan in front of Gobustan Mountains in Azerbaijan
  • Hase mentions that stage lights range from 750-5000W
  • Hase pioneered programmable moving lights in opera
  • Each light uses a 20A circuit (household breaker boxes use 15-20A)
  • History & literature degrees; Masters in Aesthetics (from the Institute of Theater & Design in Cologne, Germany)
  • King Louis
  • Tosca
  • La Boheme
  • A Doll’s House at the Abbey Theater in Dublin
  • A gobo is a dark plate or screen used to shield a lens from light.
  • Bonn, Germany
  • Fulbright Grant
  • Die Meistersinger
  • Cologne State Theater
  • Opera Cologne
  • Meredith Monk
  • World Premiere of Waiting for the Barbarians by Philip Glass Erfort, Germany
  • Tony Award-winning Company at Playhouse in the Park in Cincinnati
  • Frida
  • Triumphant march in Aida
  • The Demon (opera) in Barcelona
  • 1,200 lighting units for Cincinnati Opera’s 2018 season, avg. 800-900 lights/season
  • Giessen State Theater
  • Single-source lighting
  • Lighting cues
  • Moving lights
  • Wash lights
  • CAD = Computer-aided design/drafting software
  • LED = light-emitting diode
  • Tungsten lights
  • HID (high-intensity discharge) lamps are used in moving lights
  • Aronoff Center for the Arts
  • The Magic Flute
  • Hase wants to work on The Rake’s Progress and Wozzeck again, as well as The Flying Dutchman
  • La Boheme at San Francisco Opera
  • Ice (opera based on the Lundberg novel)
  • Cincinnati Opera Brat Fry: invented by Hase; Miesfeld’s brats flown in from Sheboygan, Wisconsin for staff, cast, and crew
  • Gary Kidney (technical director)
  • In the Garden of the Beast
  • Sherlock
  • The Bridge
  • NextFlight app
  • Arnold’s Bar (Cincinnati)
  • Frank Rich
  • Hase mentioned Gilbert Hemsley and Hans Tolstead as two of his mentors