Aldo Tarabella director and composer
Aldo Tarabella is an opera director, a teacher of stage art, a composer of opera for theater, cinema and ballet. He has written for the Royal Academy of London, the Cannes Symphony Orchestra, the ORT - Orchestra of Tuscany, the Nuova Consonanza Festival in Rome, the RAI-Radiotelevisione Italiana, the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto and the Mozarteum in Salzburg. After the collaboration with the Piccolo Teatro di Milano where he signed, among others, the music of the Faust-Framenti second part, directed by Giorgio Strehler in theater and cinema, he collaborated with the Russian director Nikita Mikalkov for the music of the film Oci Ciornie and the staging of Pianola Meccanica at the Argentina Theater in Rome with Marcello Mastroianni.
He composed a suite for Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, performed in Brussels, under the High Patronage of the Embassy of Italy. Among his frequent works for ballet, there are collaborations with the choreographer Micha van Hoeke in Guitare and Voyage. He composed and staged some operas: Clown (commissioned by the ORT - Orchestra of Tuscany, conducted by Antonio Ballista), Arlecchino (on behalf of the Chigiana Academy of Siena), Il Maestro Cantore and The Planet of the Truth (for the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome). At the Parco della Musica in Rome, commissioned by CIDIM - UNESCO, he made his debut with a new title: Opera Bestiale, programmed, among the many Theatrical and Symphonic Entities, at the Teatro Regio in Turin and at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna.
His works are published by the Sonzogno Music House in Milan.
From the lyric repertoire, Tarabella has already staged: Noah's Ark from Britten; Nino Rota's The Squirrel in Leg; Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel; Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, for the Orchestra of Tuscany; Puccini's Suor Angelica, conducted by Bruno Bartoletti, in the occasion of Puccini celebrations in Lucca, in 2000. In 2002, he directed the first modern revivals of: Umberto Giordano's Malavita, at the Teatro Umberto Giordano in Foggia; Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Toronto, for the Royal Opera Canada; and Menotti's The Medium, for the Jesi Opera Season. He signed the direction of U. Giordano's Marcella, together with Bruno Bartoletti; a version of Puccini's La Bohème at Teatro Coccia di Novara, Teatro Sociale di Mantua, Teatro Donizetti di Bergamo, Bolzano and the Alighieri Theatre in Ravenna. He successfully returns, in a special edition, to the Abbey of San Galgano-Siena, with Il Flauto Magico;, in Spain with Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana, at the Laboral Theater in the Gjion arena, and at the Teatro Sociale di Mantua with Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He directed L’Isola dei Parrot, a musical comedy linked to the character of Mr. Bonaventura, dedicated to Sergio Tofano and Nino Rota, at the Teatro Metastasio di Prato and on the national tour. He made his debut in Sicily with G. Verdi's La traviata, in collaboration with the San Carlo Theatre of Naples.
For the project "At work! Milan Expo, new planning towards a mobile theatre in the world of opera", he directed Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, with his debut at the Season of the Playful Opera in Savona and at the Pavarotti-Freni Theatre in Modena. At the theatres of Ravenna and Piacenza, he staged Rossini's La Cenerentola with an installation in memory of the set designer Lele Luzzati.
Among his latest works, he directed Manon Lescaut at the Seoul Arts Center Opera House, Madama Butterfly at the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, La Bohème at Opera Carolina-Charlotte, in USA. In 2020, he has staged Puccini's La Bohème at the Japan Opera Festival.
In 2021, his opera Pinocchio was debuted at the Teatro del Giglio di Lucca and the Teatro Alighieri di Ravenna, staged by himself.
Among his next engagements, he will direct Manon Lescaut at theatres of Modena, Ravenna, Lucca, Rovigo, Ferrara, Cagliari and will stage his Pinocchio again in Rovigo, Giglio and Ravenna.
Tarabella has collaborated with the Music Department of the Popular Traditions Center of the Province of Lucca, as consultant. He was artistic director of the Opera Buffa Festival of the Lombardy Region, representant of the Tuscany Region at the Guido d'Arezzo Foundation, member of the artistic commission at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, artistic director of the Giglio Theatre, from 2000 to 2008 and from 2013 to 2020.