Stories on figurines for theatrical costumes from the archive of Theatre Museum

By Teatro Alla Scala

The sketches for theatrical costumes are mostly anonymous. Only in the second half of the nineteenth century, the figure of the costume designer acquires a stylistic identity recognized by contemporaries and the first signatures appear on the works. Among all the figure of the Piedmontese artist Caramba (Luigi Sapelli) emerges, an eclectic and dominant presence for the history of the Scala.

Exhibition Madama Butterfly, l’Oriente ritrovato Novembre 2016 – Febbraio 2017Teatro Alla Scala

The Museum preserves a conspicuous collection of his works. Among other costume designers we remember Alfredo Edel (favorite of Casa Ricordi and Giuseppe Verdi), Attilio Comelli and Giuseppe Palanti.

Sketches for one of the costumes for Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner, made by Giuseppe Palanti (1907)

Götterdämmerung by R.Wagner. Sketches for costumes (1908/1908) by Giuseppe Palanti (1881-1946)Teatro Alla Scala

Götterdämmerung by R.Wagner. Sketches for costumes (1908/1908) by Giuseppe Palanti (1881-1946)Teatro Alla Scala

Palanti realised also the figurines for Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini (1904)

Madama Butterfly by G.Puccini. Sketches for costumes (1904/1904) by Giuseppe PalantiTeatro Alla Scala

Filippo Peroni made this sketches for Nabucco by Verdi, for the Teatro alla Scala 1854-1855's season

Nabucco by G.Verdi. Sketches for costumes (1854/1855) by Peroni (?)Teatro Alla Scala

Nabucco by G.Verdi. Figurini (1913) by Attilio ComelliTeatro Alla Scala

Parsifal by Wagner, sketch by Attilio Comelli (1913)

Parsifal by R.Wagner.Sketches for costumes. (1913/1913) by Attilio Comelli(1858-1925)Teatro Alla Scala

Sketch for the costume for Giovanna d'Arco by G.Verdi, made for the season 1857-1858

Sketches for Giovanna d'Arco by G.Verdi (1857/1858) by Peroni(?)-De Capitani (?)Teatro Alla Scala

Reproductions of Umberto Brunelleschi's sketch for Turandot by Puccini (1926)

Reproductions of sketches for Turandot by G.Puccini (1926/1926) by Umberto Brunelleschi(1879-1949)Teatro Alla Scala

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