A year later, Brockhaus invited Svoboda to stage a production of Verdi’s Rigoletto. Svoboda had staged this play several times, always obsessively repeating various mutations of one symbol – a wide, neo-Renaissance theatre proscenium. Here there were eight of them, each a little different but all of them stylistically corresponding to Verdi’s era. Each proscenium had its own specific path across the entire width of the platform, its own lighting equipment and technician, a functional velvet curtain, and a miniature stage on which furniture could be placed. These proscenium arches glided across the stage in absolute silence, they crossed paths and overlapped each other, but they did not have their own drops, so that the background was always either a brick wall or possibly another proscenium, Everything moved in time to the music and the storyline.
Giuseppe Verdi: RIGOLETTO
Associazione Sferisterio / Sferisterio di Macerata
premiere: 15. 7. 1993
director: Henning Brockhaus
conductor: Gustav Kuhn
costume designer: Luisa Spinatelli
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