Anna Anni started her career in 1953, designing the costumes for Volpone
by Jonson and for The Mistress of the Inn
by Goldoni, both directed by Orson Welles, and since then her costumes have dressed the most famous opera singers, dancers and theatre and cinema actors, such as Maria Callas, Monserrat Caballè, Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, Carla Fracci, Rudolf Nureyev, Anna Magnani, Valentina Cortese and Fanny Ardant.
Among her most famous collaborations we mention the ones with important directors such as Franco Zeffirelli for Turandot
in 1956, Carmen
in 1995 for the Metropolitan in New York and Aida
in 1997 for the National Theatre in Tokyo; in addition to the already mentioned Orson Welles, she collaborated, with great success, with Beppe Menegatti for the staging of L’Equivoco Stravagante
by Rossini, Gli Astrologi Immaginari
by Paisiello and La Sonnambula
by Bellini, while she collaborated with Don Pasquale
for the Opera in Chicago. Her collaboration with Beppe Menegatti and his wife Carla Fracci includes ballets such as Il fiore di pietra
, Hommages romantiques
, Il Paradiso
and La Péri
by Schumann, La Figlia del Danubio
by Adam and La Scuola di ballo
by Carlo Goldoni.
Her attention to details and her philological precision have made her become an appreciated costumes designer, not only for dance and ballet performances, but also for important productions in theatre, cinema and television.
She passed away on 1st January 2011 at the age of 84.
For the Arena di Verona she created the marvelous costumes of Carmen
(1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010) and Aida
(2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010), directed by Franco Zeffirelli.