Alessandro Carletti was born in Rome. He studied photography and painting through which he very soon discovered his passion for lighting design that has been also taught to him by his father who worked in theatre. In fact, his first experiences are the productions directed by Carmelo Bene at the Teatro Eliseo.
In the late 90s he started working at the Rossini Opera Festival where he consolidated his experience in opera productions.
He works regularly with the director Damiano Michieletto, productions worthwhile mentioning are Il Trittico (Theater an der Wien), Don Carlo (Wiener Staatsoper), Cavalleria Rusticana (Teatro San Carlo, Naples), Ballo in Maschera (Teatro La Scala), Il Viaggio A Reims (De Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam), at Royal Opera House Guillaume Tell and the double bill Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci (Best Opera Production at the Laurence Olivier Awards), Rigoletto at Dutch National Opera (revived al Teatro La Fenice), Aquagranda (music by Filippo Perocco) at Teatro La Fenice di Venezia (Premio Abbiati) and Alcina at Whitsun Festival/Salzburger Festspiele. Further productions are Damnation de Faust (Premio Abbiati for best production 2017), Luisa Miller, Die lustige Witwe, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Don Pasquale, Beatrice et Benedict, Jenufa, Katia Kabanova, Der Rosenkavalier, Giulio Cesare and Mass by Leonard Bernstein.
He also collaborates regularly with director Barrie Kosky, productions include: Semele, Candide, La Bohème, Der Rosenkavalier and Turandot.
Furthermore and with other directors: Die Jungfrau von Orleans with director Lotte de Beer at Theater an der Wien, Nabucco with directors ricci/forte at Festival Verdi in Parma, Lucrezia Borgia and I Capuleti e i Montecchi with director Silvia Paoli and Rigoletto in Palermo collaborating with the director and filmmaker John Turturro
He won the Knight of Illumination Award 2015 for the opera Guillaume Tell, production of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.