Gianfranco de Bosio


Gianfranco de Bosio
Director
One of the greatest Italian directors and an outstanding personality of the world of 20th century theatre, film, television and opera, Gianfranco de Bosio remains active and working to this day. He teaches drama at Milan's IULM University and Venetan-language theatre performance at the school of the Piccolo Teatro in that same city. His productions have brought international recognition to the creative dramatic works of Renaissance playwright Angelo Beolco, better known as “Il Ruzzante”, and he was the first one in post-war Italy to stage the works of Brecht. He has conceived the works of the greatest dramatists for the stage, including those of Aeschylus, Shakespeare, Machiavelli Calderón, Molière, Goldoni, Alfieri, Chekhov, Shaw and Pirandello, as well as modern works by such authors as Svevo, Sartre and Moravia. His famous production of Primo Levi's Se questo è un uomo? featured 50 actors from every country in Europe. He directed the film Moses the Lawgiver, starring Burt Lancaster with sets by Anthony Burgess, which was RAI's first large-scale English-language production. His opera productions are known around the world, and include stagings of operas by Monteverdi, Handel, Salieri, Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti, Wagner's Ring and works by Gounod, Massenet, Puccini and numerous contemporary composers. The distinguished artist places a special focus on Verdi, whose Nabucco and Aida he has staged more than 20 times both in Italy and abroad. He created a film version of Tosca shot in the original locations specified by the composer. At the request of the International Institute for Opera and Poetry founded in Verona by UNESCO, he also developed educational video films from the opera La traviata and Rigoletto. Until 1998, he served as intendant of the Verona Arena, where his first production was Gounod's Roméo et Juliette, which was followed by Boito's Mefistofele, Verdi's Otello and La traviata, and later on, Nabucco, and above all, his staging of the 1913 version of Aida, which was later presented in Vienna, Israel and Tokyo.