Profile Novella Tabili

Novella Tabili was born in Rome where she lives and works. She studied at the Fine Arts Academy of Rome and graduated as set designer in 1985. In 1983, however, she was already gathering experience by working as assistant producer and assistant set designer in various theatres around Italy. She made her debut as artistic director in 1984 with the staging of Amilchare Ponchielli’s opera I Lituani at the Teatro Ponchielli in Cremona on the composer’s 150th birthday.

In 1986 she designed the costumes and set for Norma and Nabucco staged at the Teatru tal-Opra Aurora in Gozo, Malta. Since then, she had shown a particular commitment to this theatre and has collaborated as producer and artistic director for various operas presented here namely Rigoletto, Carmen (1988, 2000, 2010), La Boheme (1990, 2008), Il Trovatore, Otello, Tosca (1996, 2011), Madame Butterfly, La Traviata, Aïda (1999, 2009), Ernani, Turandot (2002, 2012), Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Nabucco, Fedora, La Forza del Destino and Falstaff. Tabili also designed the scenes for the last operas Aida (2009), Carmen (2010) Tosca (2011), Turandot (2012) and Falstaff (2013).

Between 1993 and 2007 she signed the scenic designs for Mascagni’s La Cavalleria Rusticana, Verdi’s Nabucco and Donizetti’s L’Elisir D’Amore at the Teatro Romano of Benevento, Verdi’s Nabucco at the Teatro Municipale of Piacenza and Modena, Giordano’s Andrea Chenier at the Teatro Pergolesi of Jesi, the opening night of Teatro San Pedro, home of the Sao Paolo’s State Orchestra in Brasil, with scenes from Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Rossini’s Barbiere di Siviglia and Verdi’s Macbeth for the opera season of Massa Marittima, and in January 2007 Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur for the opening of the opera season of Messina’s Teatro Vittorio Emanuele. She has also directed various operas, including Puccini’s Turandot and Verdi’s La Traviata at the Teatro dell’Unione of Viterbo and Teatro Vespasiano of Rieti.

Since 1988, Novella Tabili has lectured in stage production, artistic direction and costume designing at the Fine Arts Academy of Macerata, Carrara, Naples, Turin and Palermo.

Currently she lectures in scenery at the Accademia di Belle Arti of Firenze with whom she worked on scenes, research projects, exhibitions, seminars, publications and theses. Last June, Tabili mounted the scenic composition Scene da fiaba – Scenes of a Tale, whom she herself wrote and directed, with the collaboration of her students, for the publication Start Point, published by the same Accademia di Belle Arti of Firenze. Amongst her most notable foreign engagements as a lecturer, she organised a seminar at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Seville on Italian-style scenery, in June 2006.

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