Teatro alla Scala, ''The Barber of Seville''


The stage direction by Leo Muscato set the action on the stage of an early 20th century rehearsal theater.The stage will be exposed to the audience offering various points of view.The protagonists will also be found in other places of the theater: in the dressing rooms, in the tailoring department, among the props and equipments ...
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... along the catwalks, and so on.The scenographer Federica Parolini therefore «... multiplied the three scenic situations foreseen by the libretto in about twenty theatrical places, where the characters interpret themselves and are simultaneously the thespians who are rehearsing a show».For this purpose the scene was organized, as this sketches show ...
... building the proscenium arch of a theater from the beginning of the last century inside the real proscenium of the Teatro alla Scala.The curtain will be equipped with a Frontward lifting opening, whose movement will turn the green velvet upwards, deliberately showing its pink lining.During the show, this first curtain will open totally and, as the next sketch points out ...
... a second curtain will appear, identical to the previous one, but seen on the reverse and hung from a second stage arch.Of the second curtain above all the pink lining will be visible, the velvet will be seen because the curtain will be moved away from the center to the sides with an Swag opening.Through the opening, one can notice a third scenic arch similar to the previous ones and equipped with a third fake open curtain which is planned to be built ...
... with two Set pieces made of painted ASC - Sceno muslin.In this image of the real scene we see the first two prosceniums, free from their curtains, and the third with the fake curtain that opens onto a backdrop in ASC - Sceno canvas used as a support for lighting.To keep faith with the temporal location between the 19th and 20th centuries, the scenographer has chosen traditional materials.
The two curtains were made of FOT - Otello velvet, 104. light green colour, lined with HSV - Trevi satin, 28. dark pink colour.Both fabrics have been aged by the Scenographic Workshop of the Teatro alla Scala with appropriate pictorial interventions, during which the velvet has also been decorated with gold stars.The curtains were then made by Peroni ...
... with flat making and they have been embellished with golden and cm high NFR - Fringe 50, NBT - Perforated trim and NAG - Agremano, cotton and lurex made.The scenographic project envisaged that the curtains were pleated, at the moment of their installation on the stage, in a slightly neglected way ...
... as in this phase of the installation test in Peroni's theater.The half curtain on the left is that of the second portal and it highlights the rings for the Swag opening rope (not yet inserted here) and it is 7.60 m high.The one on the right, on the other hand, is one half of the first curtain, with the rope of the Frontward lifting opening made with an NCS - Decorative cord ...
Comic drama in two acts
Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
First night
Rome, Teatro Argentina, 20/2/1816

Federica Parolini
Costume design
Silvia Aymonino
Lighting design
Alessandro Verazzi
Stage direction


Materials used in this production

3C - Canapa Rope


ASC - Sceno

Muslin and canvas

BIT - Italiano

Scrim and bobbinet fabrics

COS - Oscurante

Duvetyne and blackout fabrics

FOT - Otello


Frontward lifting curtain

Typology of curtain

GGI - Siria


HSV - Trevi

Silks and satins

NAG - Agremano


NBT - Bordo traforato


NCS - Decorative cords


NFR - Fringes


Swag curtains

Typology of curtain

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