The Academy is among the protagonists of the eighth edition of Prima Diffusa, an event promoted by the City of Milan and Edison to involve all citizens around the inaugural opera of the Teatro alla Scala season. Over 50 free events including screenings, re-enactments, workshops, readings and performances, meetings and conferences dedicated to Attila, Verdi’s masterpiece which opens the opens the 2018/19 season, conducted by Maestro Riccardo Chailly with the direction of Davide Livermore, scenes by Giò Forma, video by d-Wok and costumes by Gianluca Falaschi.
Among the many initiatives proposed, the Academy will take care of listening guides, exhibitions and installations while the soloists will hold two recitals.The students of the Theater Set Designer have conceived an exhibition project, realized thanks to Edison with the fundamental support of the professionals of the Ansaldo Laboratories of theTeatro alla Scala, which spreads from the Sala Viscontea of the Castello Sforzesco (Cine Teatro Delfino, Spazio Tadini and Barrio’s), with the aim of highlighting the work of the many professional technical-artistic figures involved in the production of the work: from the stage designer to the tailor, from the expert in make-up and special effects to the lighting designer to the photographer and videomaker.
In the spaces of the Castello Sforzesco, thanks to a video installation made by the students of the Course in photography and video of the scene, for sound technicians and lighting designers under the guidance of Luca Scarzella, the audience, wrapped in a sound space dominated by large photographic panels and video images projected on the wide walls, will be conducted behind the scenes during the rehearsals, thus having the opportunity to understand how the show gradually takes shape and deepen the themes dealt with in the Verdi masterpiece through the words of the protagonists, by the director Davide Livermore set designers of Studio Giò Forma at costume designer Gianluca Falaschi.
In the same Sala Viscontea the itinerary continues with the exposition of the scenographic and costume projects conceived by the students of the Course for theater set designer, after a long historical and iconographic research. The students gave their own personal reading of Attila, not only drawing sketches and sketches, but also making four different interpretations of the costume for the character of Attila. An integral part of the project are the silicone heads complete with make-up and hair, applied on the mannequins on which the costumes are arranged, made by the students in the Special Make-up starting from molded to plaster casts.
The presence of Gianluca Falaschi was fundamental, and he followed the working group with great care and generosity.
The exhibition is also enriched with a stage dress designed by Andrea Viotti for the last production of Attila, which was staged in 2010/11 conducted by Nicola Luisotti and directed by Gabriele Lavia. On December 1st from 10 am to 5.30 pm there will be a live realization of the special trick for the Attila character.
The exhibition itinerary continues in other spaces that host the projections of the Prima: at Cine Teatro Delfino (Piazza P. Carnelli, 17-19) and Barrio’s (Piazza Donne Partigiane), more than 50 tables are shown with sketches of the students set designers, while the Spazio Tadini (via Jommelli 24, open from Wednesday to Saturday, from 15.30 to 19.30 and on Sundays from 15 to 18.30) will be set up with the costumes of the last two editions, the one staged in the 1990-91 season with the Direction by Riccardo Muti, directed by Jerome Savary and the costumes by Jacques Schmidt and the one already mentioned, dated 2010-11. In addition, the Academy will also take care of the numerous listening guides of Giuseppe Verdi’s work, which on December 7 will introduce the projections, the beating heart of the Prima Diffusa. Musicians and music history teachers Andrea Massimo Grassi (Villa Pallavicini, from 16.30 to 17.30), Fabio Sartorelli (MUDEC, from 16 to 17.30), Katiuscia Manetta (Spazio Tadini, from 16.30 to 17.30), Malva Bogliotti (Cine) will be curated Teatro Delfino, from 16.30 to 17.30), Monica Dreossi (Villa Scheibler, from 16.30 to 17.30) and Giuseppe Califano (Figino Sustainable Village, from 16.30 to 17.30). On the program, also two concerts of the Soloists of the Academy of Singing: December 3 at Malpensa Airport (Terminal 1, 14 hours) and December 5, at the conclusion of the meeting at Barrio’s (18 hours) between Maestro Chailly and the Culture Councilor Filippo Del Corno, the students will be engaged in a program that besides Attila will explore other pages of Verdi taken from Oberto, Count of San Bonifacio, I Lombardi at the first crusade, I Masnadieri, Rigoletto.