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Ezio Frigerio

 

Games of shadows realized on ASL300S - Light Sceno width 300 cm - Flame retardant backdrops. During the 1980s Frigerio realizes numerous appreciated scenographies for the playhouse with directors like Walter Pagliaro and Virginio Puecher. For Núria Espert, in London, in 1987 prepares the scenes for The House of Bernarda Alba.In 1988 he works in Paris with Roger Planchon, making the scenographies of The Mise by Molière, and in 1990 was at the Teatro Stabile of Genoa with Marco Sciaccaluga, and for his direction realized the sets of The Physicists by Dürrenmatt. Teatro Real, ''Don Giovanni''
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Among the memorable productions at the Piccolo Teatro elaborated by Ezio Frigerio for the directions of Strehler, must be surely remembered: The Giants of the Mountain (1966) and of Saint Joan of the Stockyards by Brecht (1970), King Lear (1972), The Storm by Strindberg (1980), La grande magia by Eduardo De Filippo (1985) and Arlecchino servitore di due padroni by Goldoni (1973 and 1987). The Threepenny Opera - Musical dramaText: Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) Scenography, costume design: Ezio FrigerioStage direction: Giorgio StrehlerStaging: Piccolo Teatro of Milan, 1972-73
Again the combination of the MSC - Spalmato Cuba, silver, the transparency of HSE - Tempesta and a rear illuminated ceiling on a RTE - Temporale backdrop.The compositional inventions of Frigerio reach their top in the realizations for musical theatre. Famous the installations realized for Strehler's directions in the years 1970s and 1980s, which Simon Boccanegra and Falstaff by Verdi and Lohengrin by Wagner, and also the setting up of Ernani by Verdi for Luca Ronconi at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan (1982), Médée by Cherubini with the direction of Liliana Cavani, realized in 1986 for the Théâtre de l'Opéra in Paris, by Elektra by Strauss, produced with Núria Espert in 1987 for the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Bruxelles. Teatro Massimo, ''I Vespri siciliani''

The transparency of the backdrops made of BGO - Gobelin with elaborate subjects in Digital printing, the picture underlines the rear-illumination of a backdrop realized with the film for rear-projections made of RTE - Temporale.Numerous also the realizations for the ballet, in which Ezio Frigerio collaborates with personality as Beppe Menegatti, Roland Petit, Yury Grigorovich.With Rudolf Nureyev, in 1979, puts on stage at the Teatro alla Scala of Milan Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev. Teatro Real, ''Les contes d'Hoffmann''
Important in the career of Ezio Frigerio, the very long collaboration with the costume designer Franca Squarciapino, which debuted at his side in 1972 in King Lear by Strehler at the Piccolo Teatro di Milano and is rewarded from Academy with the highest recognition for the costumes of Cyrano de Bergerac .Of a great effect, on the scene, the sea backdrop that shines through the white HSE - Tempesta curtains and through the small stretched bacdrops made of black EVT - Light Sceno Poly. The backdrops was manufactured with the reflecting fabric MSC - Spalmato Cuba, silver colour, whose sparkle, caused by the projections of lights, simulated in a stylized way the slow movement of the sea waves. Teatro San Carlo, ''Tristan und Isolde''
After the architecture studies at the Politecnico di Milano, Frigerio alternated initially the works for the cinema and for theatre. The Threepenny Opera - Musical dramaText: Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) Scenography, costume design: Ezio FrigerioStage direction: Giorgio StrehlerStaging: Piccolo Teatro of Milan, 1972-73
The scenographic work of Ezio Frigerio (Erba, Italy, 1930), also costume designer, is remarkable for the genial articulation of the stage space, performed at times on different levels, with the use of deceptions of the perspective and geometric reconstructions that often use architectural elements (columns, particularly).
An articulation that often reaches levels of inimitable refinement of the composition, in which is underlined a notable interest for the interactions with the light of the reflecting and transparent materials, often of new experimentation.
Frigerio was a stable collaborator of Giorgio Strehler from 1955, with his first works as a costume designer for the Piccolo Teatro of Milan, to 1997, year of the death of the great stage director.
A great relief have his numerous collaborations with important international productions, also outside the theatrical circle: in 1991 in fact he received a nomination to the Oscar prize for the scenographies of the film Cyrano de Bergerac by the French director Jean-Paul Rappeneau.

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Teatro Massimo, ''I Vespri siciliani''

Lyric opera

Teatro Real, ''Don Giovanni''

Lyric opera

Teatro Real, ''Les contes d'Hoffmann''

Lyric opera

Teatro San Carlo, ''Tristan und Isolde''

Lyric opera