Born in Rome, he studied photography and painting while discovering a passion for lighting design influenced by his father who worked in the theatre.
In the late 1990s, he started working at the Rossini Opera Festival, where he specialised in opera. He has worked with directors such as Daniele Abbado, Francesco Micheli, Henning Brockhaus, Pippo Delbono, Franco Ripa di Meana, Yannis Kokkos and Barrie Kosky.
Recent productions include: Rigoletto in Amsterdam, Il Trovatore at the Wiener Staatsoper, La damnation de Faust at the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome, A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Theater an der Wien, Don Pasquale at the Opéra national in Paris, Rigoletto in Palermo (directed by film maker John Turturro), with Barrie Kosky Semele, Candide and La bohème at the Komische Oper and Der Rosenkavalier at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. Also, Die Jungfrau von Orleans (directed by Lotte de Beer) at the Theater an der Wien.
He collaborates on an ongoing basis with Damiano Michieletto, staging Franz Schreker's Der ferne Klang in Frankfurt, Alcina at the Whitsun Festival, Salzburger Festspiele, Orfeo ed Euridice at the Komische Oper in Berlin, Giulio Cesare at the Theatre de Champs Elysees and many other productions at the most important theatres in Europe.
He won the Knight of Illumination Award 2015 for Guillaume Tell, and with the creative team the Olivier Awards 2016 for Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci as 'best new production'.