OPERA DIRECTION

Il giardino della vita (The garden of life)

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Il giardino della vita


Opera in one act by
José María Sánchez Verdú

Libretto
Gilberto Osella

Staging
Controluce Teatro d'Ombre



Co-production CSi, RSI.ch Rete Due/Settimana di Musica Religiosa di Cuenca SMR 56a edition

World première
Sunday 26th Febrruary 2017, 17:30h.
Palazzo dei Congressi, Lugano (CH)

Spain première
Saturday, 8th April 2017, 19:00h. Teatro Auditorio, Cuenca (SP)
Semana de Música Religiosa de Cuenca INAUGURATION SMR 56th edition

Ticino's writer Gilberto Isella paints a stylized and symbolic portrait of the Catalonian architect Antoni Gaudí. The music by José María Sánchez-Verdú intermediates between the text and the shadows of Controluce Teatro d'Ombre. The memories of an aged Gaudí, who looking back finds himself as a child and the mother, take the evanescent forms of a theatrical dream narrated with music.

PHOTOS      VIDEO      PRESS

Lugano - Palazzo dei Congressi
ensemble 900 of CSi directed by Arturo Tamayo
ensemble Choir Clairière directed by Brunella Clerici
Soprano Alice Rossi
Acting Antonio Zanoletti and Margherita Coldesina, coordination by Claudio Laiso (Settore Prosa della RSI)
CONTROLUCE Teatro d'Ombre: direction Alberto Jona, scenic structure Jenaro Meléndrez Chas,
original silhouettes Cora De Maria with the colaboration of Anna Guazzotti, light design Simona Gallo, costumes Sita Singh
Shadows Elena Campanella, Alice De Bacco and Marco Intraia

Cuenca - Teatro Auditorio
ensemble 900 of CSi directed by Arturo Tamayo
Choir "Escolanía Ciudad de Cuenca" directed by Carlos Lozano
Soprano Marga Rodriguez
Acting Rafa Nuñez and Eva Higueras
CONTROLUCE Teatro d'Ombre: direction Alberto Jona, scenic structure Jenaro Meléndrez Chas,
original silhouettes Cora De Maria with the colaboration of Anna Guazzotti, light design Simona Gallo, costumes Sita Singh
Shadows Elena Campanella, Alice De Bacco and Marco Intraia

"POPP-KREIS" CSI Lugano

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POPP-KREIS

Theatrical workshop on music by Monteverdi and Stockhausen

Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana at the
Studio Foce of Lugano
4th - 14th february 2016
Final performance on 14th february, 18:30h.

idea: Luisa Castellani with the collaboration of Barbara Zanichelli

Staging: Controluce Teatro d'Ombre
Director: Alberto Jona
Shadows: theatre Jenaro Meléndrez Chas

With: Giovanni Baraglia, Juan Manuel Bernal Jimenez, Simona Bonanno, Brenda Borradori, Barbara Brandi, Renato Cadel, Javier Carbajal Ferro, Viola Cartoni, Federica Cassati, Rebecca Agatha Calota, Laura Chareun, Isabella Gualda, Alina Kovaleva, Matteo Marazzi, Marcelo Marchetti, Rebeca Maseda Longarela, Anna Piroli, Carmen Pirrone, Elena Revelant, Alice Rossi, Nuno Santos, Joel Sharbaugh, Dani Souto, Ana María Villamizar Carvajal, Tianyou Wang.

conductor: Darren Hargan
sound engineer: Fabrizio Rosso

Popp-Kreis comes from the idea of ​​trying to weave two works very distant in time, L'incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi (1642) and the Zodiac by Stockhausen (1974-5), keeping the thread of the story but seizing and opening to new and unexpected suggestions. Sudden musical and stylistic deviations become possible routes of access to individual characters and their emotional world.
At the same time the Popp-Kreis project offers to the undergraduate students of the Conservatory of Lugano the chance to work in a set where different sign languages live together, from baroque to contemporary theater, using the shadow theater both as sscenery and above all as possibility of research on the psychology of the characters: shadow as double, unconscious, unspoken, dream. For that, both L'incoronazione in its wonderful game of pretense, betrayal, duplicity and sensuality, and the Zodiac Stockhausen in its abstraction and sense of destiny, offer us many opportunities.
The story of Nero and Poppea is ideally transferred closer to us, Imperial Rome will be suggested through intangible and ephemeral images of the 30s rationalist Rome, on which the characters act, love and betray.

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interv radio popp kreis
extracts from the  radio introduction
13/02/2016 Castellani/Hargan/Jona

Monteverdi and Stockhausen
The bet of the POPP-KREIS project has been to weave Monteverdi and Stockhausen trying to make them to dialogue theatrically, thanks to the formal freedom of Monteverdi's opera -not yet reined in the formalism of the late Baroque opera- and the imaginative, changing structure of Stockhausen's Tierkries. We have assigned a zodiac sign to each one of the opera characters to see, in a symbolic way, both the characters and the dramatic articulations of the story. In this way, the 12 signs have gone to wedge themselves into the "empty" spaces of the opera, which for obvious reasons in a teaching project was reduced and simplified: the disappointed love of Otto, the irony of the nurse Arnalta, the sensuality of Poppea, the violence of Nero, the mischievous protection of Love, the order of Seneca's death, the clothes exchange between Ottone and Drusilla, the hysteria of Fortune, the bombastic gestures of Virtue, etc., inhabit the pages of Capricorn, Pisces, Taurus, Leo, Libra and so on, and become gears-like of the story moving passions, hatreds, jealousies and ideally carrying forward the action.

LA STRANIERA by Vincenzo Bellini

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LA STRANIERA
opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini
on libretto by Felice Romani, 1829

Production Landestheater Niederbayern, Passau/Landshut/Straubing
December 2015 - March 2016

prremiere Stadttheater Passau 19th December 2015

Conductor Basil H. E. Coleman
Staging Controluce Teatro d'Ombre
Director Alberto Jona
Shadows director Jenaro Meléndrez Chas
Set design Antonio Martire
Choreography Anja Maisenbacher
Costume design Osvaldo Montalbano
Choir director Christine Strubel

Alaide Tatiana Larina
Arturo Victor Campos Leal
Valdeburgo Kyung Chun Kim
Isoletta Sabine Noack
Priore Jisang Ryu
Montolino Martin Danzl
Osburgo Oscar Imhoff

Orchestra Niederbayerische Philharmonie
Choir of Landestheater Niederbayern
Extras of Landestheater Niederbayern

presentation and direction notes
set design and tecnical notes
press cuts

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video

backstage reportage

"DID-ONE" CSI Lugano

10"DID-ONE"

vocal staging workshop on music by Henry Purcell (Dido and Aeneas) and Sylvano Bussotti (Lachrimae)

Luisa Castellani, Barbara Zanichelli, Antonella Agati, CONTROLUCE Teatro d'Ombre (Alberto Jona and Jenaro Meléndrez Chas)

Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano 2-9 february 2015. Final concert 9th february 2015, 20.30h Aula Magna CSI (+info)

with:
Giovanni Baraglia, Barbara Brandi, Renato Cadel, Rebecca Agatha Calota, Federica Cassati, Laura Chareun, Giorgia Conterno, Pinar Donmez, Margit G. Fodor, Marcelo Marchetti, Sandra Ranisavljevic, Elena Revelant, Alice Rossi, Nuno Santos, Xin Yang e Alessandro Ghiringhelli (synthesizer)
con la participazione di Maria Francesca Rizza (flute) e Ilenia Torsello (clarinet)

rehearsal PHOTO

POSTER

VIDEO general rehearsal

LO STRIDERE LUTTUOSO DEGLI ACCIAI by Adriano Guarnieri

thyssensito 1LO STRIDERE LUTTUOSO DEGLI ACCIAI ("The mournful screech of steel")
SCENIC CANTATA FOR SOPRANO, ACTRESS, RECORDED CHOIRS, ENSEMBLE AND LIVE ELECTRONICS

Production FONDAZIONE TPE Turin
November and December 2014, premiere Teatro Astra 4 dicembre 2014

music Adriano Guarnieri
text Giorgio Luzzi
staging Controluce Teatro d'Ombre - Cora De Maria, Alberto Jona, Jenaro Melendrez Chas
conductor Pietro Borgonovo
soprano Sonia Visentin
actress Michela Mocchiutti

Icarus Ensemble:
Kumi Uchimoto piano, Gabriele Betti flute, Marco Radaelli cello, Cristiano Boschesi trombone, Gabriele Cappelletto percussions

sound direction and live electronics Tempo Reale - Francesco Giomi, Damiano Meacci
dancer Stefano Botti
shadows Elena Campanella, Arianna De Angelis, Alice Corio
stage assistant Luca Zilovich
light design Simona Gallo
original silhouettes Cora De Maria
stage objects Lisa Guerini

FONDAZIONE TEATRO PIEMONTE EUROPA with the patronage of Goethe-Institut Turin
in collaboration with Tempo Reale (Firenze)
in collaboration with "Piccola Accademia del Teatro Ragazzi e dell'Animazione - FONDAZIONE TRG ONLUS"

letter from Republic Presidence in occasion of the premiere (it)
videomessage from the Mayor of Turin in occasion of the premiere (it)
presentation and staging direction notes
scenic and technical notes
press cuts (it)
photo

video

backstage reportage

IL PIRATA by Vincenzo Bellini

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IL PIRATA
opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini
on libretto by Felice Romani, 1827

Production Landestheater Niederbayern, Passau/Landshut/Straubing
November & December 2013, January 2014

premiere Stadttheater Passau 30th November 2013

Conductor Basil H. E. Coleman
Stage direction Controluce Teatro d'ombre (Alberto Jona & Jenaro Meléndrez Chas)
Set design Antonio Martire
Original silhouettes Cora de Maria
Choreography Eva Simmeth
Choir conductor Christine Strubel

Ernesto Michael Mrosek
Imogene Hyunju Park
Gualtiero Eric Vivion-Grandi
Itulbo Oscar Imhoff
Goffredo Young Kwon
Adele Kathryn Brown

Orchestra Niederbayerische Philharmonie
Choir of Landestheater Niederbayern
Extras of Landestheater Niederbayern

introduction and stage direction notes
set design and technical notes
press cuts

photo

video

reportages

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