Giampiero Solari was born in 1957 in Lima (Peru). He attended the Municipal Theatre in Lima, taking part in productions of both national and international theatre companies. In 1977, he attended the Civica Scuola del Piccolo Teatro [Civic School of the Small Theatre] in Milan as a trainee director. In 1981, he founded the company Te-Atro [The-atre] where he directed many productions.
In the same year, 1981, he started a long collaboration with the Scuola Civica “Paolo Grassi” in Milan, where he taught acting and directing for a good ten years. In 1995, he created the Compagnia Les Italiens [“The Italians Company” – “Les Italiens” is in French in the original] with Paolo Rossi and Lucia Vasini. In 1999, he created the Compagnia del Teatro Stabile delle Marche [Repertory Theatre Company of Le Marche – Le Marche is a region in Italy] formed from 20 young actors which, in the space of only three years, completely dominated the national scene. In one season alone (2002-2003), the company went on tour with as many as four productions, appearing at theatres in Rome, Milan and Bologna. The productions were “The Wedding” (three one-act plays, comprising Chekhov’s “The Wedding”, Majakovskij’s “The Bedbug” and Brecht’s “The Wedding of the Petit Bourgeois”) and Molière’s “Don Juan”. Many-sided and eclectic, Solari divides his time between the theatre and television, reaping success on both fronts. He was formerly Artistic Director of the Teatro Stabile delle Marche and then, from 2005 to March 2006, Assessore ai Beni Culturali [Councillor responsible for cultural heritage] of Le Marche. He is currently Artistic Director of Ballandi Entertainment and, in this capacity, has encouraged the company to give ample space to theatrical productions. In television and in the theatre, he has worked with such people as Paolo Rossi and Antonio Albanese, Fiorello and Giorgio Panariello, and with Enrico Bertolina and Paola Cortellesi. With them, he has really developed and perfected the genre of the “one man show” [in English in the original], a genre of television and theatre that has become a trendsetter in recent years. Theatre:
Molière’s “Les Femmes Savantes [The Learned Ladies]” (1982), Edward Bond’s “Saved” (1982-1983); Barry Keefe’s “Bastard Angel” (1985); Harold Pinter’s “A Kind of Alaska” (1986); Michael Frayn’s “The Two of Us” (1987); Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (1987); “Night in Tunisia”, a happening with Paolo Rossi and Lucia Vasini at the Volterra Festival (1987); “Le Visioni di Mortimer [Mortimer’s Visions]”, written with Riccardo Piferi, Stefano Benni and Paolo Rossi (1988); Machiavelli’s “La Mandragola” (1989); Calderon de la Barca’s “Life is a Dream” (1989); “La commedia da due Lire [The Comedy of Two Lire]” (1990); Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite” (1991); Andrea Jeva’s “Cuccioli [Young Ones]” (1991); “La pistola e il corazon [The Pistol and the Heart – corazón is in Spanish in the original]” with Lucia Vasini (1992); “C’è quel che c’è [There is what there is]” with Paolo Rossi, written with Gino & Michele (1992); “Operaccia Romantica [Romantic Operaccia]” with Paolo Rossi (1993); Koltès’s “The Night Just Before the Forests” (1993); “Pop e Rebelot [Pop and Rebelot]” with Paolo Rossi and Vinicio Capossela (1994); Brechts’s “Drums in the Night”, produced at the theatre in Porta Romana and at the International Festival in Caracus, Venezuela (1994); Jan Claude Carriere’s “The Catalogue” (1994); “Uomo [Man]” by and with Antonio Albanese (1994); George Tabori’s “Jubilaum” (1995); “The Circo [The Circus]” by Paolo Rossi, with whom he is co-author (1996); Sanchis Sinisterra’s “Valeria and the Birds” (1996); “Rabelais”, with whom he is co-author, with Paolo Rossi (1997); “Vizio di famiglia [Vice of the Family]” with Maria Amelia Monti and Gigio Alberti (1997); Peter Turrini’s “Caccia ai topi [Hunt for mice]” (1997); “Giù al Nord [Down in the North]” by Giampiero Solari, Michele Serra and Enzo Santini (1997); Brancaleone, Viaggio di Fine Millennio [Brancaleone, End-of-Millenium Journey]” by Age-Scarpelli and Monicelli (1998); Samuel Beckett’s “Happy Days” (1999); director and co-author of the theatrical event by Giorgio Panariello “Panariello… chi? [Panariello… who?]” (2000); “The Wedding” – three one-act plays, comprising Chekhov’s “The Wedding” (2002-2003), Majakovskij’s “The Bedbug” (2002-2003) and Brecht’s “The Wedding of the Petit Bourgeois” (2002-2003) – and Molière’s “Don Juan” (2002-2003); “Il Diluvio fa bene ai gerani [The Flood is good for the geraniums]” with Enrico Bertolino (2002); “Black Battles with Dogs” by Bernard-Marie Koltès with Remo Girone (2003); “Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme [The Bourgeois Gentleman]” by Molière with Giorgio Panariello (2003); “Volevo fare il ballerino…[I wanted to be a ballet dancer]” by and with Fiorello (2005); “Psicoparty [Psycho-party]” with Antonio Albanese (2005); “Gli ultimi saranno ultimi [The last will be the last]” by Massimiliano Bruno with Paola Cortellesi (2005-2006-2007).
“Su la testa [On the head]” for Rai 3 (1993) [Rai is an Italian radio and television network]; co-author of the New Year Concert with Lucio Dalla, Francesco De Gregori and Dario Fo, broadcast by Rai 1 (1998); co-author of the programme “C’era un ragazzo [There was a boy]” with Gianni Morandi for Rai 1 (1998-1999); co-author and director of the Bob Dylan concert and music by the Italian composer for the Pope in Bologna, broadcast on Rai 1 (1997); co-author of the concert broadcast on Canale 5 for Amnesty International with Antonello Venditti and the Symphonic Orchestra of Sofia, Simple Minds and Khaled (1998); maker of “Taratatà” (1999); author of “Francamente me ne infischio [Frankly, I don’t give a damn]” with Celentano for Rai 1 (1999); author of “Tutti gli zeri del mondo [All the noughts in the world]” with Renato Zero for Rai 1 (2000); creator and co-ordinator of authors for “Torno Sabato [I’ll come back Saturday]” with Giorgio Panariello for Rai 1 (2001); creator and co-ordinator of authors for three productions of “Stasera pago io [I’ll pay this evening]” with Fiorello per Rai 1 (2001-2002-2004); creator and co-ordinator of authors for “Torno Sabato…La lotteria [I’ll come back Saturday…the lottery]” with Panariello for Rai 1 (2002); creator and co-ordinator of author for “Torno Sabato…e tre [I’ll come back Saturday… not again!]” with Panariello per Rai 1 (2003); creator and co-ordinator of contributors to “Ma il cielo è sempre più blu [But the sky is always bluer]” with Panariello for Rai 1 (2004); artistic supervision for Rai 1 of “La Bella e la Bestia [Beauty and the Beast]” with Lucio Dalla and Sabrina Ferilli (2002); author and artistic director of the Rai 1 programme associated with the Lotteria Italia [Italy Lottery] “Uno di noi [One of us]” with Gianni Morandi; creator and co-ordinator of authors for “Famiglia Salemme Show [the Salemme Family Show]” with Vincenzo Salemme for Rai 1 (2005); ideator and co-ordinator of authors for “Non facciamoci prendere dal panico [Let’s not panic]” with Gianni Morandi for Rai 1 (2006). Altro:
Again in 1994, for Sony Records, he directed the recording of the record and the video “Canzonacce” by Paolo Rossi, with the participation of Enzo Jannacci, Claudio Baglioni and Vinicio Capossela; author of Pavarotti and Friends on 1 June (1999 – 2000).