Teatro Verdi di Padova, ''Aida''


The stage of the Teatro Verdi of Padua during the staging. The middle of the tilted floor that occupies the whole stage opens on a big trap door that, during the opera, will disclose to the public the presence of an underlying environment.The stage space reflects into two trapezoidal mirroring legs and into a ZSM - Magic Mirror backdrop 11 m high and 14 m wide that forms, in comparison to the tilted floor of the stage, an angle of 90°.Through the ZSM - Magic Mirror one can glimpse, in transparency, something similar to a grey drapery.It is an RAR - Arizona backdrop for rear-illumination, 9 m wide and 7 m high, still waiting for being tense to the structures of stage.
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The ZSM - Magic Mirror has been tilted in such a way to give to the public a reflected vision from a high point of view of the scenary and of the characters.It is in evidence the mighty structure realized with some heavy-duty 7QD40 - Square trusses HD 40 cm to which the mirror has been tense using 500 black WPE - Perofix.The perimeter is finished with WCS - S Strap + WOC - C Eyelets + WPE - Perofix.
The general rehearsal of the show.The variegated blue light creates a liquid environment accented by the reflexes coming from the mirror.
As of habit, Hugo de Ana also signed the costumes of the show - in the image those of Amneris and of the handmaids - and worked with the choreographer Leda Lojodice.
ZSM - Magic Mirror.
ZSM - Magic Mirror.
Two backdrops made of HSE - Tempesta silk, colour 2. red, manufactured in the size of 11 x 6 m, invade the scene developed by the handmaids of Amneris and they also create a bloody, liquid and mobile cloud that is duplicated in the mirror.
In the upper part of the picture is evident, on the left, as the mirroring effect of the ZSM - Magic Mirror backdrop was slightly altered by the apparition on the surface of of a bas-relief backdrop, vertically installed behind the mirroring backdrop.The bas-relief backdrop was made appear or disappear, during the carrying out of the scenes, using the lights.
Opera in four acts
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
First night

costume design,
light design,
stage direction
Stage designer's assistant
Juan Guillermo Nova
Leda Lojodice
Production management
Sandro Dal Pra
Scenographical workshop
Arena of Verona
Arena of Verona
Teatro Verdi de Padua

Bassano OperaFestival
Arena of Verona

Hugo de Ana used a big ZSM - Magic Mirror backdrop for a mise en scène in which the intimate and nighttime atmospheres prevailed.
Set aside the trionfalismis of a certain interpretative seam, the scenography was used here to make emerge the human passions, the aspirations, the illusions and the inside conflicts of the protagonists.

Materials used in this production

7QD40 - Square trusses HD 40 cm

Aluminium trusses

ASC - Sceno digital printing

Printing on fabrics

Digital printing rear-illuminated backdrops

HSE - Tempesta

Silks and satins

Hugo de Ana

Some Masters

RAR - Arizona

Rear-projection films

RNB - Nebbia

Rear-projection films

WPE - Perofix


ZSM - Mirrors made of QSM - Magic Mirror Film

Projection / transparency backdrops

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