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Antonio Vivaldi



Director: Fabio Ceresa

Choreographer: Riccardo Olivier

Set designer: Massimo Checchetto

Costume designer: Giuseppe Palella

Light designer: Giuseppe Calabrò

Fabio Barettin

Festival della Valle D'Itria

Fondazione Teatro la Fenice

RSI (Radio Svizzera Italiana)

Production 2017

"Fabio Ceresa and his show are the demonstration that open-air stages, with all their limitations, are risky bets that directors, however, can win."

Angelo Foletto - La Repubblica


"Director Ceresa’s staging is not only that of a consummate man of the theatre who creates breath-taking effects with ease, but also that of an erudite, as his production fills the gaps created by the libretto in Swiss-cheese fashion, and adds a symbolic dimension that is culturally retrospective."



"In an incessant whirlwind of visual wonders, sophisticated light effects, and stage and choreographic movements which re-live the glories of a theatre made of props and machines reminiscent of the eighteenth century, this show is the right balance between mannerist decorativism and the will to pursue beauty without surrendering to all that is static, respecting the rhetoric and metaphors of Baroque music theatre. In amongst countless surprises […] the imagination takes shape, and creates a bridge between night-time moonscapes of starry galaxies and marine depths. The performance is candy for the eyes and Ceresa’s direction enhances the narrative beauty and dynamism. To summarise: this is what Baroque should look like!"


Alessandro Mormile -


"Fabio Ceresa confirms an overflowing talent and a rare sensitivity towards the logics of melodrama, which he develops using the gestures of contemporary experimental theatre."


Lorenzo Mattei -


"Vivaldi’s Orlando furioso in itself was worth going to Martina Franca, all the way in Valle d’Itria. It was a feast for eyes and ears; such a beautiful show that we are looking forward to going to Venice to see it again."


Andrea Merli -



"This production of Antonio Vivaldi’s Orlando furioso in Martina Franca gave us an exact idea of what Baroque opera was for 18th-century audiences: a maze of magic, love and fabulous adventures, ingenious machinery and special effects."



"As a piece of theatre, this was first class, a joy to experience."

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