Francesco Mandich


Francesco Mandich
actor, mime
The Italian actor Francesco Mandich started out by studying economics at Venice's Università Ca’ Foscari, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 2003. In order to finance his education, he independently started to memorize librettos and scripts and attend auditions. It only took two auditions to win his first part, in a musical, and the life of the theatre became his vocation from that moment on. He developed his talents at workshops and courses, including with Alain Maratrat and Antonino Varvarà. In the early 2000s, he and a few colleagues founded two separate companies, one called Officina Malamerce, the other Il Banco del Bagatto. This gave him the opportunity to experiment with both classical schools and modern trends.
In 2003, he became a member of Venice's Teatro La Fenice, taking part in operas as a mime and dancer and working with such directors as Luca Ronconi, Ermanno Olmi, Eimuntas Nekrošius, Robert Carsen, Denis Krief, Pier Luigi Pizzi, John Doyle, Calixto Bieito, Damiano Michieletto and Francesco Micheli. Foreign engagements and Italian guest appearances have brought him to such venues as the Royal Opera House Muscat, where he received a role in Giuseppe (Bepi) Morassi's production of L'elisir d'amore, and the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, for a part in the opera La gazza ladra. In 2013, he joined the Venetian opera house on its tour of Japan, taking the stage in Otello in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya. He has also appeared as a mime on the stage of the Arena di Verona, in Manon Lescaut, and in Salzburg, in Mozart's opera Lucio Silla. In addition to all this, audiences all over Italy have had the chance to watch him in playhouse theatres, contemporary pieces and short films.