Video designer and director Tal Rosner works closely with musicians and theatre makers, combining multiple layers of sound and visuals to create video installations and live performances.
This year, Rosner was commissioned to design and co-direct a new production of Wagner’s Die Walküre for Opéra National de Bordeaux, in collaboration with Julia Burbach. The opera will be restaged in Reykjavik with The Icelandic Opera in May 2020.
He is currently designing a brand new adaptation of Astrid Lingren’s Brothers Lionheart for The Royal Danish Playhouse in Copenhagen (dir. Thomas Bendixen), which will premiere in November, and working on a new video interpretation of Scriabin’s Prometheus, The Poem of Fire, commissioned by Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to mark their 125th Anniversary (January 2020).
Rosner’s other recent work include videos for Steve Reich’s Tehillim (Psalms), commissioned by the Barbican Centre (2017); for Olga Neuwirth’s Disenchanted Island commissioned by IRCAM and Centre Pompidou (2017); and for Lament, a co-creation with composer Christopher Mayo, commissioned by Nuit Blanche Toronto (2018).
Orchestral work include Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Foreign Bodies (2018), commissioned by the New York Philharmonic; Britten’s Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia (2013-16), commissioned by the New World Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and BBC Symphony Orchestra; and In Seven Days (Piano Concerto with Moving Image), a collaboration with Thomas Adès, commissioned by the Southbank Centre and the Los Angeles Philharmonic (2008), which was later performed with the New York Philharmonic, Tonhalle Zürich and Cologne Philharmonie.
Chronograph (2011), his site-specific digital art mural in collaboration with fellow artist Casey Reas, inaugurated the New World Symphony building in Miami Beach, designed by Frank Gehry, and has been screened daily on its 7,000-square-foot exterior projection wall ever since.
Theatre and dance credits include: Everyman (dir. Rufus Norris) and Husbands and Sons (dir. Marianne Elliott) at the National Theatre; You For Me For You (dir. Richard Twyman) and X (dir. Vicky Featherstone) at the Royal Court; The Most Incredible Thing (Pet Shop Boys, dir. Javier de Frutos) for Charlotte Ballet, North Carolina; and Les Enfants Terribles (Philip Glass, dir. Javier de Frutos) at the Royal Ballet.
Rosner co-designed Shopping and F’ing (dir. Sean Holmes) with long-term collaborator Jon Bausor for the Lyric Hammersmith (2016), and co-created 8 Minutes (2017), an hour-long multimedia dance piece, with choreographer Alexander Whitley and composer Daniel Wohl for Sadler’s Wells.
In the commercial arena, he has directed and designed the video content for Louis Vuitton’s traveling exhibit Time Capsule and LVX in Beverly Hills; The Pet Shop Boys Super Tour (worldwide); and the Rolling Stones’ No Filter European Tour (produced by Treatment Studio).
Rosner won the BAFTA for Best Title Sequence (2008) for the Channel 4 television series Skins. He was born in Jerusalem and now lives and works in London.