Teatro Regio di Parma, ''Joan of Arc''


The maquette by Alessandro Camera foresees a Scenographic quadrature with 7 framed Portals to be made up of TLs-TelsLegs and painted ASC - Sceno muslin.In the center, the framed Backing flat that acts as the main curtain of the scenography.The subject belongs to the Italian Risorgimento iconography: it is a cavalry charge of Regiment
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... which also visually places this Joan of Arc in the metaphor that forms the background to Verdi's patriotic operas.In this view from above we see the scene painter Rinaldo Rinaldi at the end of the realization of the main curtain, the largest ...
... among the numerous parts made of painted ASC - Sceno muslin which, once framed, will make up the scenography.As it is evident, the subject represented has nothing to do with the perspectival portals painted with architectural elements, typical of the Italian scenes by Aleotti, Sabbatini, Torelli and Bibbiena.Although the parts are assembled according to the technique of the portals ...
... of the Baroque scenography, the painted images do not complete the perspective view, they hinder and disassemble it.The result is a symbolic redundancy, on the scene, of a topical moment of the Italian Risorgimento that is superimposed on the action that is represented, in which the liberation of France from the English invaders unequivocally alludes to that, hoped for, by the Austrians in Lombardy.
The scenic complex is therefore a stylized quotation in a modern key, but only from the point of view of stagecraft ...
... of the scenographies realized with perspectival portals of the Italian Renaissance and Baroque theater.On the side, the model by Alessandro Camera for one of the scenes.And this ...
... is its realization on the stage, which is the background to the choir of the Teatro Regio di Parma.
Here the maquette simulates a different arrangement of the portals, which in each scene leave one or more openings on a backlit background made with a RAR - Arizona Rear-projection screen.
Lyric drama in a prologue and three acts
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
First night
Milan, Teatro alla Scala, 15/2/1845

Alessandro Camera
Costume design
Andrea Viotti
Pictorial realizations
Rinaldo Rinaldi
Light design
Andrea Borelli
Technical direction
Luigi Cipelli
Stage direction

Teatro Regio of Parma
Festival Verdi

Materials used in this production

ASC - Sceno

Muslin and canvas

Flat making

Fabric: tailoring types

RAR - Arizona

Rear-projection films

Rear-projection screens

Rear-projection screens

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