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David J. Hough

but had no formal education after the age of 16. His first wife, Helen Belle Sneider, became his collaborator, and ‘Norman-Bel-Geddes’ was their nom de plume for articles on art and the theatre, until their divorce in 1932 . Notable designs for Montemezzi’s La nave for Chicago Opera ( 1919 ) and Henry Hadley’s Cleopatra’s Night for the Metropolitan ( 1920 ) attracted Broadway attention, and his innovative approach was soon recognized. At an early stage of his career he discarded the proscenium arch and planned open-stage projects. For a commission in 1924 to

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Manfred Boetzkes

by the new emperor, Leopold I, in favour of G.B. Angelini. Re-engaged from 1 January 1659 , for nearly five decades he designed all the stage sets, machines and costumes for the theatrical performances, sacre rappresentazioni , festivals and memorial ceremonies of the Viennese court. He also did architectural work, including the building of the new court theatres, 1666–8 . Burnacini’s unique scenic imagination stamped Viennese opera in the 17th century – the works of Bertali, Cesti, Draghi and the Zianis – with an unmistakable imprint. Surpassing even the masterly

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Manfred Boetzkes

these court festivities was to glorify the prince by ostentation and splendour, and Buontalenti created a form of production that was equal to the task. Visual splendour based on machinery became obligatory in all later musico-dramatic enterprises in every court in Europe, especially in opera, the new musical genre that evolved in Florence. The earliest opera productions at the Florentine court, for which Buontalenti was still at hand to design the sets (e.g. Caccini’s Il rapimento di Cefalo , 1600 ), not only took advantage of the mechanics of stage transformation

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Manfred Boetzkes

(‘The Brigand’s Ballad’) he designed in 1948 for Prague, restaging it in 1986 . As well as collaborating with Kǎslík on numerous productions ( Die Frau ohne Schatten , 1967 ; Pelléas et Mélisande , 1969 ; and Nabucco , 1972 , all at Covent Garden; and Idomeneo , 1981 , Ottawa), he designed the first production of Kǎslík’s opera La strada ( 1982 , Prague). Svoboda was responsible for the opening production, Libuše , of the refurbished National Theatre in Prague in 1983 . Although his ‘trademark’ staircase began to seem a formula, few other stage designers

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Manfred Boetzkes

Venice Arsenal around 1640 , when he designed the Teatro Novissimo, Venice’s fourth public opera house, built in 1641 . He invented a new system of stage machinery which for the first time enabled the whole set to be changed in one operation: the wings were supported on undercarriages running on rails beneath the stage, and were moved by turning a central roller to which the undercarriages were attached by ropes. In the next few years Torelli designed the sets for all the operas staged in the Teatro Novissimo, and occasionally worked for the Teatro di SS Giovanni e Paolo

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Hartmann. From 1947 to 1954 he designed for theatres and films in Berlin, Munich and Salzburg. In 1952 he began his 20-year association with the Salzburg marionette theatre, eventually revolutionizing the design of the puppet stage and creating several new productions of Mozart operas. In 1954 he was named chief of design at the Bremen Staatstheater, where he designed his first Ring . After collaborating with Karajan on Pelléas et Mélisande at the Vienna Staatsoper in 1960 he became Karajan’s personal adviser on production, moving in 1962 to Vienna where

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Gerard Béhague

16 discs, released in the USA, Brazil, Mexico, Britain and Germany, performing all the major piano works of Messiaen, her own compositions and other contemporary works. Her compositions include five major operas and music theatre works which have been acclaimed through several productions in different countries. In 1993 she began an opera trilogy with Inori, à Prostituta Sagrada , presented during an entire month at the Bank of Brazil Cultural Centre in Rio de Janeiro. The second opera, Illud tempus ( 1994 ), selected by the newspaper O Globo as one of the ten