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Teatro Lirico, ''Hans Heiling''

Cagliari

The two characters, a big dodecahedron on the left and a gigantic tusk of narwhal on the right reflect themselves in the big ZSM - Magic Mirror backdrop (18 m x h 11 m).The back part of the scene is darkened here and the objects set behind the backdrop result invisible.A big impression is given by the moment in which Heiling shows to Anna his own abode ...
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... a sort of wunderkammer or cabinet de curiositÚs.Thanks to their gradual illumination, the symbolic objects placed behind the backdrop seem to appear from the nothing, as for magic.The change of illumination provokes the passage of the ZSM - Magic Mirror from a situation of reflection to one of transparency.
The illumination of the objects set behind the ZSM - Magic Mirror was increased here, reason why, in this picture, the transparency of the backdrop is more marked.A central element of the scenography by Pier Luigi Pizzi, the backdrop divides the anterior part of the stage, where the action take place, from that back part, that in this scene is occupied by some gigantic symbolic objects.
The two parts of the stage, that before and that behind the ZSM - Magic Mirror backdrop, are here uniformly illuminated and the backdrop stands therefore in an intermediary situation between the reflection and the transparency.
The illumination behind the backdrop ZSM - Magic Mirror is lowered up ...
... until the turning off.According to Plato, the dodecahedron is the only polyhedron within which they can be circumscribed and subscribed the other four regular solids (polyhedra that can be circumscribed and subscribed in a sphere) known by him and by him associated to the four elements: cube / earth, octahedron / air, icosahedron / water, tetrahedron / fire.Substantially, he considered the dodecahedron a symbolic synthesis of the universe.
The ZSM - Magic Mirror backdrop allows to see in transparency one of the backdrops painted by Rinaldo Rinaldi on ASC1000S - Sceno 1.000 cm muslin, here illuminated with red light. The prologue of the opera, to which this picture is referred, take place in the underground world populated by gnomes.The original layout of Hans Heiling foresaw the presence of a female choir, the choir of children (the gnomes are personified by them) is a variation introduced by the representation of Cagliari's theatre.
The ZSM - Magic Mirror backdrop allows to see in transparency one of the backdrops painted by Rinaldo Rinaldi on ASC1000S - Sceno 1.000 cm muslin, here illuminated with red light. Here the mother queen, surrounded by the choir of the gnomes, is trying to dissuade his son Hans Heiling to leave the subsoil to approach the human world in the surface, that will give him suffering only.
Romantic opera in a prologue and three acts
Music
Heinrich Marschner (1795-1861)
Libretto
Eduard Devrient
initially destined to Felix Mendelssohn
First night
Berlin, K÷nigliches Opernhaus, 24/5/1833

Scenography,
costume design,
stage direction
Pictorial realizations
Rinaldo Rinaldi
Scenographic workshop
Rubechini Carlo
Technical direction
Paolo Calanchini

Staging
Teatro Lirico of Cagliari
Season
2003-2004

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Teatro Lirico Cagliari, ''Hans Heiling''

Materials used in this production

ASC - Sceno

Muslin and canvas

BSU - Super Gobelin

Scrim and bobbinet fabrics

FOT - Otello

Velvets

Pier Luigi Pizzi

Some Masters

QLA - Laccato

Decorative films

ZSM - Mirrors made of QSM - Magic Mirror Film

Projection / transparency backdrops