A fresh tribute to the Rossini Opera Festival: Gianluca Falaschi has been awarded the XXXII Premio Abbiati (Abbiati Prize) by the Italian musical critic fraternity (the Oscar of Italian classical music) for his costumes for Ciro in Babilonia, the highly applauded opera that inaugurated the last edition of the Festival, broadcast live on RAI5 and on 27 television channels over three continents. Gianluca Falaschi will design the costumes for the new production of L’Italiana in Algeri that the same creative team as Ciro (besides Falaschi, including the director Davide Livermore and the scenic designer Nicolas Bovey) will present next summer for the Rof 2013.
The motivation behind the award is: “he has realized, with inspired imagination, costumes and make-up in black and white, based on the style of nineteen-twenties clothing, also influenced by early silent films and by the artistic expression typical of Assyrian and Babylonese culture.”
This is the thirteenth Premio Abbiati won by the Rof (the sixth in the last six years);
in 1982 the prize was awarded for the best musical event of the year;
in 1984 for Il viaggio a Reims (best show);
in 1990 for Ricciardo e Zoraide (best scenery: Gae Aulenti and best costumes: Giovanna Buzzi);
in 1997 for Moïse et Pharaon (best stage direction: Graham Vick);
in 1998 for La Cenerentola (best costumes: Margherita Palli);
in 2004 for Matilde di Shabran (best stage direction: Mario Martone);
in 2007 for La gazza ladra (best stage direction: Damiano Michieletto);
in 2008 for Ermione (best conducting: Roberto Abbado);
in 2010 for Sigismondo (best scenery: Paolo Fantin and best costumes: Carla Teti);
in 2011 for Mosè in Egitto (best show).
The prize, awarded by the Associazione Nazionale Critici Musicali, will be presented on the 26th May at the Teatro Donizetti, Bergamo.