Primo Conti (Florence 1900– Fiesole 1988) began to work with the Teatro Comunale in Florence in 1935 and continued to do so for almost thirty years. The first Florentine artist to cooperate with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, he produced stage sets for Giuseppe Verdi’s melodramas Un ballo in maschera in 1935, Otello in 1937 and Il trovatore in 1939.
Ever since his theatre debut with the stage set for the first act only of Vincenzo Sorelli’s féerie entitled Sogno di una perla at the Teatro della Pergola on 24 April 1924, his goal in melodrama was to identify potential areas of the stage where he could display the values of painting. In all his works, the sets tended to be…traditional constructions interpreted in the modern idiom which the audience could also “inhabit”. Thus his painting, always strictly subordinate to the melodramatic piece, showed that it had more to do with “common sense on the stage” than with any freedom of interpretation on his part. This decision earned Primo Conti undisputed popularity and the appreciation of the critics.
Scientific direction: Valentina Gensini
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