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TECHNICAL DIRECTION

BENITO LEONORI

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Set designer graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Macerata.

From 1999 to 2000 he attended the International Master Biennale (Venice Arts Festival) for young designers organized by Josef Svoboda and Ezio Frigerio, with the cooperation of “Theatre de l’Europe”.

In 1992 he began collaborating with the director Henning Brockhaus and the set designer Josef Svoboda for several opera productions: La Traviata (Macerata Opera, winner of “Premio Abbiati 1992”), Il Matrimonio Segreto (Staatsoper in Berlin, 1993), Lucia di Lammermoor (Macerata Opera, 1993; Ventidio Basso in Ascoli Piceno, 1994; Bunkamura in Tokyo, 1999), Rigoletto (Macerata Opera, 1993), Macbeth (Roma Opera, 1995; Bunkakaikan in Tokyo, 2000; Budapest Opera, 2002), Attila (Macerata Opera 1995).

Since 1996 he has collaborated with the stage designer Ezio Tuffolutti and Csaba Antal creating the stage set for Elektra by Strauss (performed in 2004 at the Opera of Rome), Madama Butterfly (Macerata Opera), Tosca (Sperimentale in Spoleto), Medea (Spoleto and Teatro Nazionale in Roma), Rigoletto (Festival Verdi at Regio in Parma), Don Chisciotte of Cervantes (Cavallerizza R. Emilia).

In 2003 he designed set for El Cimarrón of Henze (dir. Henning Brockhaus) and he was awarded with critics’ prize “Premio Abbiati”; performed in Emilia (2004), at Ravello Festival and at Festival Terra of Teatri (2005). He designed the set for the ballet performance of young artists Lomasymasol, selected at Festival Feten in Spain.

In 2005 he is the author of stage set designs for the opera Tristano ed Isotta at Nakano Zero in Tokyo and in 2006 for the musical Paolo & Francesca at Comunale in Latina.
During the artistic season 2004/2005 he was the Staging Director at Macerata Opera.
Since 2005 he is the Technical Director of Pergolesi Spontini Foundation. At Pergolesi Spontini Foundation he is author of stage set designs for Musica per un Treno a Vapore (2005),  and he designed the projects for several expositions: Gaspare Spontini, biografia per immagini at Teatro of Erfurt in Germania (2006), Spontini e Mozart. Documenti e immagini at Palazzo della Signoria in Jesi (2006), Da Parigi a Milano: l’avventura de La Vestale in Maiolati Spontini (2007).

In 2009 he curated the staging reduction of the Traviata from the original staging of Josef Svoboda and directed by Henning Brockhaus. In 2010 he signed the staging of Traviata at NCPA National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing (where he returned in 2011 with the same title), directed by Henning Brockhaus, and the new staging of Flaminio by Pergolesi and La servante Mistress for the Pergolesi Spontini Festival of Jesi, part of the Celebrations for the 300th anniversary of the birth of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi.

In July 2011 he designed the staging of Il Novello Giasone by Cavalli/Stradella at Valle d’Itria Festival. In September, he signed at the Teatro Pergolesi in Jesi the staging of La Salustia and La Serva Padrona’ opera by Pergolesi, for the XIth Pergolesi Spontini Festival. In 2012 he designed the set for Orfeo, immagini di una lontananza by Luigi Rossi / Daniela Newfoundland and the first contemporary opera Nûr  by Marco Taralli for the Valle d’Itria Festival; for the XIIth Pergolesi Spontini Festival has signed the staging for the first performance in modern times of La fuga in maschera by Spontini, and for the 45th Traditional Opera Season of the Pergolesi Theatre in Jesi designed the reconstruction of the staging of Macbeth and Lucia di Lammermoor, built in the 90s by the great Czech scenographer Josef Sboboda. With this opera he won  the Special Prize of the XXXII prize of music critics “Franco Abbiati” 2012.

In 2013 created the staging of Aida at Teatro San Carlo in Naples, directed by Franco Dragone. In 2014 in Abay Opera House in Almaty (Kazakhstan) he created the new staging of the opera Abay, directed by Andrea Cigni.

He collaborated with director and author Marco Filiberti in theater and film productions. In 2012, he signed the staging of Byron’s Ruins, the first chapter of a larger project of Filiberti called Byron Project; the show, produced by Pergolesi-Spontini Foundation and Centro Studi Valeria Moriconi, was staged in Italy at the Teatro Moriconi in Jesi.

In 2013 for “Le Vie del Teatro in Siena” has edited the staging of Conversation Pieces by Filiberti, free adaptation of Cain and Manfred by Lord Byron, and second chapter of the same project. In 2014 he collaborated at the staging of the movie Cain, the third chapter of the Filiberti’s project.

In July 2015 he signed the staging of the play Il crepuscolo di Arcadia, dieci quadri per un’Opera-Mondo, created, written and directed by Marco Filiberti, which debuted at the Teatro Comunale of Città della Pieve, in co-production with “Le Vie del Teatro in Terra di Siena”and Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini.
Since 2011 he teaches stagecraft at Accademia di Belle Arti di Macerata.

Next commitments:
Scenes for Cavalleria Rusticana – Pagliacci, directed by Paul Emile Fourny, Opéra-Théâtre de Metz Métropole.

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