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Filippo Tonon

Filippo Tonon, an Italian stage director, set and costume designer, graduated from IUAV in Venice with a degree in architecture. Besides his theatrical experience and piano studies that he started at a young age, he was trained as an opera singer at the Conservatory of Music "A. Pedrollo” in Vicenza. He obtained his diploma in 2001 in the class of Prof. Paola Fornasari Patti, with whom he continues to study. He continued on to collaborate with the "Academy of Artistic Formation Kairos”, a school that specializes in the training of singers and actors. Tonon is committed to several other theatrical activities, tending towards musicals and operatic character roles.

A singer and actor he performed in Offenbach’s Monsieur Chauffleury, L’Histoire du Soldat by Stravinsky, Le Docteur Miracle of Bizet, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Olympico Theatre of Vicenza, Assolo Storie di un Tango, music by Astor Piazzolla, Bernstein’s musical West Side Story, Il gatto con gli stivali (Puss in Boots) by M. Tutino at the Olympico Theatre of Vicenza and at the Teatro del Giglio in Lucca, L’Opera delle Filastrocche by A. V. Savona, The Flood by Stravinsky at the Filarmonico theatre of Verona, and at the Valli Theatre of Reggio Emilia, theatre pieces with passages from works of Shakespeare and Federico Garcia Lorca, The Phantom of the Opera music by A. L. Webber and The secret of Mozart on music by Fabrizio Castania. In December 2000, he worked as assistant director for Mozart’s Don Giovanni directed by U. Santicchi at the Festival of Bassano, and in the following year, for Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, directed by U. Santicchi at the Olimpico Theatre of Vicenza. Since 2002, he worked as assistant director for the Direction office of the Foundation Arena di Verona, during the summer season productions, where he supervised several opera productions: Aida (staged by F. Zeffirelli), Madama Butterfly (stage director: F. Zeffirelli), La bohème (directed by A. Bernard), La Gioconda (staged by P. Pizzi), Tosca (staged by H. de Ana), Anna Bolena (directed by G. Vick), La sonnambula (stage director: H. de Ana), Aida (directed by G. Solari), Il barbiere di Siviglia (staged by H. de Ana) and Carmen (directed by F. Zeffirelli). In 2002, he undertook his first stage direction, with sets and costumes, of Il Mondo della Luna by B. Galuppi at the Galuppi Festival in Venice. In 2004, he collaborated in production of Verdi’s Il trovatore under stage direction by M. Testi at the theatre Verdi in Sassari, and in, for a new production of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, staged by G. Strehler at the theatre Sao Carlos in Lisbon. Tonon was a stage director and set designer for Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, as well as Mozart’s one-act singspiel, Bastien and Bastienne. In 2005, he designed the sets for the world premiere of Una notte nel bosco by Antonio Zanon for the Foundation Arena di Verona, and for the premiere of Il parlatore eterno by A. Ponchelli in Lecco. In 2006, he collaborated in the production of Die Entfüfhrung aus dem Serail at the Kursaal theatre of San Sebastian (Spain), where he supervised the revival of the direction. In 2006, he was a set designer for the concert Suggestioni del Sud America, set to a music by A. Piazzolla, in October for the Opening Ceremony of the IV. National Ecclesiastic Congress C.E.I. at the Arena of Verona, and in December for the ballet Cinderella at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona. In 2007, he was a director of Jephte and Balthazar both by Carissimi, staged in Madrid; and set designer for the concert set on music for film performed by the Symphony Orchestra of Savona, in December for the ballet Jago, l’onesta poesia di un inganno by F. Antonioni and Midsummer Night’s Dream by Mendelssohn. In 2012, he was a producer of Verdi’s La traviata at the Teatro Verdi di Padova, assistant to stage director of the Maribor production of Lehár’s operetta The Merry Widow, and two years later, he was a producer of Bizet’s Carmen at the Theatro Municipal de São Paulo in Brazil.  

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