Coming Spring 2015, the Lido will present a new Revue created by Dragone: a modern twist on the traditional Lido inspired by our muse, Paris.
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Our ballets and operas are the finest expression of our imagination and translate the world of Dragone onto the classical stages
The director's words
“I have tried to create an uncluttered, timeless Aida”
an Aïda stripped of its opulent sets and its embellishments, offering a different look at
today’s world. This interpretation evokes a world turned upside down. Out of the darkness, I hope to
create a beacon of light and hope.”
Franco Dragone’s production of Aïda in Naples’ San Carlo Theater, the oldest opera house in Europe, aimed to provide a more intimate, introspective slant on the work. 70 musicians and chorus members from the Grand Orchestre National Lunaire, conducted by charismatic Eloi Baudimont, mesmerized audiences in December 2014
The poetic ensemble presented an unconventional tribute to Verdi.
As is typical, Dragone surrounded himself with a team of highly talented artistes – Conductor Nicola Luisotti, Set Designer Benito Leonori, Costume Designer Giusi Justin, Chorus Master Salvatore Caputo, Lighting Designer Michel Beaulieu and Video Creator Olivier Simola.
The performers were handpicked by Dragone’s own casting team.
The director's words
“Inspired by the paintings of Joaquín Sorolla”
Hosted at the Spanish National Ballet in June 2013 and in summer 2014, Sorolla was a stunning production inspired by various regional dances of the Iberian Peninsula as painted by Joaquin Sorolla between 1913 and 1919 .
Franco Dragone evoked Sorolla’s vision of Spain, of tears and laughter.
Dragone collaborated with Pascal Jacob for the staging and Vincent Lemaire for the scenography. The choreography was entrusted to a team of three Spanish experts under the direction of Antonio Najarro – Miguel Fuente,Arantxa Carmona and Manuel Liñán.
The music by Juan Colomer and costumes by Nicolas Vaudelet developed counterpoints between Joaquín Sorolla’s luminous brushstrokes – hence his nickname of “painter of light” – and a darker reality.