Guy Simard designed the lighting for Pacific Opera Victoria's production of Lee Hoiby's The Tempest in 2004, returning for Thaïs in 2008 and for Lucia di Lammermoor in 2015. He returns for the 2015/16 season to design the lighting for a Pacific Opera Victoria / Opéra de Montréal co-production, with performances in Victoria in October, 2015, and in Montréal in January, 2016.
Born and raised in Montreal, Mr. Simard is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, where he has has been teaching lighting design for several years. He has also taught at schools in Belgium and at the I.S.T.S Institut Supérieur des Techniques de Spectacle in Avignon, France.
Considered to be a leader in his field, he has participated in over 500 stage productions. He is also the founder and associate of a theater consulting firm which offers theatre design, theatre equipment and architectural lighting services.
His long-time collaboration with Renaud Doucet and André Barbe has led to productions for numerous companies, including Opéra du Rhin, Volksoper Wien, Royal Swedish Opera, New York City Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Arizona Opera, Palm Beach Opera, and Opera Kentucky. His designs for opera also include many productions for Opéra de Montréal, where he was resident lighting designer many years, as well as opera houses throughout Europe and North America.
His design experience in Asia included a stadium-sized version of Aïda at the Tokyo Dome in 1989, as part of a world tour that included Montreal, Sydney, Melbourne, Vancouver, Tokyo, and Toronto. In Matsumoto in 1999, he worked on the creation of The Damnation of Faust with Seiji Osawa, in a Robert Lepage staging. In 2001, also with Seiji Osawa, he worked on the the revival of the famous Jean-Pierre Ponelle Così fan tutte that toured Yokohama, Nagoya, Biwaco and Tokyo.
He has also designed for theatres, festivals, circuses, and corporate events, as well as for museums, including several exhibitions for the Musée de la Civilisation du Québec.
He has received numerous prizes including the Prix du Public from the first Symposium International de Lumières du Canada in 2000 as well as the prize from the Fondation Jean-Paul Mousseau in 1996.