- Mercedes Viale Ferrero
(b Verona, Dec 20, 1691; d Verona, June 9, 1762). Italian stage designer. He studied painting first in Verona and then with the stage designer Alessandro Mauro in Venice. Between 1719 and 1721 he worked for the Teatro di S Giovanni Grisostomo in Venice, and in 1721 he moved to Turin, where he worked at the Teatro Carignano (designing the scenery for Gasparini’s Flavio Anicio Olibrio, staged under the title Ricimero) and collaborated with Filippo Juvarra in celebratory displays. In 1723 he worked in Bergamo and Crema, then in Bohemia (I724–30), where he designed a small theatre – the Rasentheater – for Count Sporck at Guckuksbade; he also designed the scenery for operas performed there (including that for the première of Bioni’s Orlando furioso, 1724) and at the count’s other private theatre in Prague (Bioni’s Armida abbandonata, 1725). After returning to Italy he designed a theatre for the Prince of Thurn und Taxis in Frankfurt in ...