Scenes and costumes designer
William Orlandi studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, and made his debut for the Trovatore
sets and costumes design at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples.
He has created the sets for Don Carlo
and Don Giovanni
in Parma, Juditha Triumphans
and The Merry Widow
in Trieste, Il Castello di Kenilworth
by Donizetti, I Quatro Rusteghi
by Wolf-Ferrari and Die Entführung aus dem Serail
by Mozart in Geneva; Il Trittico
by Puccini at the Spoleto Festival, Il Barbiere di Siviglia
in Macerata, Tosca
by Haendel in Palermo.
At the Piccola Scala he curated Maura
, The Flood
, with Peter Ustinov and, together with him, Katia Kabanova
in Hamburg and La Bohème
at the Teatro Comunale of Bologna under the direction of Lorenzo Mariani.
He also designed scenes and costumes of Roméo et Juliette
by Gounod in Palermo, Il Trovatore
by Massenet at the New National Theatre of Tokyo and La Straniera
by Bellini in Catania, Norma
at the Teatro Regio in Turin, all under the direction of Alberto Fassini.
Since 1987 he has collaborated with Gilbert Deflo and he has created many scenes and costumes for him.
He has worked in the most important Italian, European and international theatres, as La Scala in Milan, the Grand Théâtre in Geneva, the Opéra-Bastille in Paris and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.
His latest productions are The Turn of the Screw
by Britten in Bari, with Lorenzo Mariani as the director and Mefistofele
by Boitoat the Savonlinna Festival (Finland), The Bartered Bride
at the Opéra in Paris and Il Trovatore
by Verdi at the Teatro Liceu in Barcelona and at the Teatro Regio in Parma under the direction of Lorenzo Mariani, Aida
by Verdi at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, with Franco Ripa di Meana as the director.
In Verona he has inaugurated the 2004 season at the Teatro Filarmonico, creating scenes and costumes of Le Donne Curiose
At the Arena di Verona he has made his debut in 2000 as the costumes designer of La Traviata
, set by Gian-Franco Padovani and displayed again in 2001.
In 2005 he curated scenes and costumes of La Bohème
, put on stage again in 2007, and in 2006 he created a new scene design fo Cavalleria Rusticana
by Mascagni and Pagliacci
by Leoncavallo, making both scenes and costumes.
He comes back in the Arena for the 89th Opera Festival 2011 with his highly regarded La Bohème