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 collaborated 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), Die Zauberflöte (Teatro de la Fenice), Dreigroschenoper (Piccolo Teatro di Milano), La donna del lago at Rossini Opera festival 2016, Rigoletto at Dutch National Opera (revived al Teatro La Fenice), Aquagranda (music by Filippo Perocco) at Teatro La Fenice di Venezia (Premio Abbiati). Also at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma Damnation de Faust (Premio Abbiati for best production 2017) and Luisa Miller, Die lustige Witwe at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, A Midsummer Night's Dream at Theater an der Wien, Don Pasquale at Opera National de Paris, Alcina at Whitsun Festival/Salzburger Festspiele, Beatrice et Benedict at Opera de Lyon, Jenufa at Staatsoper Berlin, Katia Kabanova in Glyndebourne 2021 and recently Der Rosenkavalier in coproduction with Lithuanian National Opera and Theatre de la Monnaie, a new production of La Cenerentola at Semper Oper in Dresden, at Komische Oper in Berlin, Orfeo et Euridice, the world Premiere of Le Baruffe (music by Giorgio Battistelli) at Teatro La fenice in Venice, Giulio Cesare in Theatre Champs Elysees in Paris and Mass by Leonard Bernstein at Caracalla in Rome..
He also collaborated with director Barrie Kosky, productions include: Semele, Candide and La Bohème at the Komische Oper in Berlin and Der Rosenkavalier at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich.
Furthermore and among 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.