Director, stage and costume designer
Pier Luigi Pizzi is a director as well as a stage and costume designer and for many years he has been present in the most important Theatres and Festivals all over the world. He has gained international recognition including being awarded with la Legion d'honneur and the title of Officier des Arts et des Lettres in France.
In 2000 he received his seventh Abbiati Prize from the Italian Critics, this time for the best opera production of the year, Death in Venice by Britten at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa.
Among his most recent creations are: Idomeneo by Mozart, which reopened the Teatro delle Muse in Ancona, La pietra del paragone by Rossini at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Thaϊs by Massenet, Le domino noir by Auber and Les pêcheurs de perles by Bizet at the Teatro Malibran in Venice, Der Rosenkavalier by Strauss at the Teatro alla Scala, La Traviata by Verdi which inaugurated the last season at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Un Ballo in maschera by Verdi in a new revolutionary production in Piacenza-Expo, Hans Heiling by Marschner at the Opera Theatre in Cagliari, Les Contes d’Hoffmann by Offenbach in Macerata, Tancredi at the R.O.F. and Europa riconosciuta by Salieri for the reopening, on December 7th last of la Scala where he also was responsible for the restructuring of the Theatre Museum.
Pizzi also dedicates his time to the preparation of art exhibitions. Pier Luigi Pizzi has collaborated with the Arena di Verona for the past 38 years: in the Arena he was responsible for the scenes and costumes for Turandot (1969), Carmen and Traviata (1970) the costumes for Don Carlos (1969) and the direction, scenes and costumes for Macbeth (1997) and Aida (1999, 2000, 2001).
At the Teatro Filarmonico he was the director as well as the stage and costume designer for Orlando furioso by Vivaldi (1978, the world-wide 'première'), Les Danaϊdes by Salieri, Orfeo by Bertoni, Nascita di Orfeo by Ferrero, La Cenerentola (1996) and Mosé in Egitto (2000) by Rossini and Ernani (2005).
The Fondazione Arena di Verona has assigned the new stage design of La Gioconda, which will inaugurate the 2005 Opera Festival, to Pier Luigi Pizzi.