Teatro Comunale, ''Capriccio''


As per the libretto, the scene is the interior of a castle near Paris towards the end of the ancien régime, just over a decade before the revolution.An intentionally heavy made and irregularly open curtain partially hides the stage.It is made of green FOT - Otello velvet and its draperies are raised with Rearward lifting opening, almost laboriously, to underline its weight and mass ...
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... while another half curtain made with similar modalities, in the background, after the two steps that divide the scene into two levels, has an opening position similar to that of a Swag curtain.In the background, in the semi-darkness, a backdrop made of ASC - Sceno muslin was painted in imitation of the tapestries of the time is screened by two weighty movable Flats with large mirrors in a way of Galérie des Glaces, made of QSF - Miroflex panels ...
... and framed by tapestries which are imitated with the same executive methods as the backdrop.The big shutters run on the scene and rotate on themselves ...
... opening, modifying and closing the views, accompanied in their movements by the variations of the lighting, in a continuous evolution ...
... that changes the perspectives and visions reflected in the mirrors, in this case the back of the looming green velvet curtain, also visible in the foreground, top left, against the light.«Everything multiplies, divides itself, reflects itself - according to the typical code of Ronconi - sliding from the world of the living room to the illusory one.» Rubens Tedeschi
Above, to close the opening above the large movable panels, four in all, a valance with Austrian making made with the same green velvet as the curtains.The scene is completed by two wagons which, one on each side of the scene, imitate the boxes of the Teatro Comunale and ...
... with their entrance on the stage, they transform the interior from a noble residence into that of a theater ...
... in which the protagonists also act as spectators in a metateatral atmosphere that passes by the courtly one ...
Conversation for music in one act
Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Richard Strauss
Clemens Krauss
First night

Costume design
Carlo Diappi
Lighting design
Sergio Guazzotti
Stage direction
Luca Ronconi (1933-2015)

Teatro Comunale of Bologna

Materials used in this production

ASC - Sceno

Muslin and canvas

Austrian curtains

Typology of curtain

BGO - Gobelin

Scrim and bobbinet fabrics

Flat making

Fabric: tailoring types

FOT - Otello


QSF - Miroflex

Mirroring materials

Rearward lifting curtain

Typology of curtain

Vertical fullness

Fabric: tailoring types

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