Elisava has been collaborating for the last 3 seasons in the design and construction of the scenographies of the Barcelona Chamber Opera. In this spirit, the course Narratives of Space (taught by Carles Berga, Joaquim Matutano and Anna Ponces) is carried out in the Degree in Design - Mention in Space Design, in which the design of a set design is based on the dramaturgical study and the staging of an opera.
During the month of June, two works from the Rossini Festival will be performed at the Romea Theatre with the set design created by these students: L'Occasione fa il ladro and La scala di seta. In the 2019-20 academic year, work was carried out on the play L'Occasione fa il ladro and two projects designed by Elisava students were chosen as the starting point from which to work. The set designer Carlos Berga was in charge of bringing together the ideas of these two projects with the scenic proposals of the stage director Anna Ponces, and this led to the design of the set design that has been carried out.
L'Occasione fa il ladro is one of Rossini's five Venetian farces. It is a chamber opera with 6 characters premiered in 1812, when Rossini was 20 years old. During the month of May, it was performed in the Barcelona Chamber Opera season at the Teatro de Sarriá and will be performed again at the Teatro Romea on 10, 12 and 13 June. The students who have participated are Claudia Blanes, Yara González, Antonio Ramal, Coral Rodríguez and YueShang Zheng.
For the construction, they had the help of the The BRAVA! Performing Arts centre in La Bisbal, directed by Jaume Grau and Nacha Delpiano, who offered their workshop for the construction and acted as construction tutors for the students, together with Carles Berga, who led the project.
The second opera to be presented at the Rossini Festival, La scala di seta, is a revival of a 2019 production for which Elisava also initially designed the set design. In this case, the process of revising and redesigning the project to adapt it to the artistic needs and space of the Romea Theatre has been done by the set designer Anna Tantull and the students of the ESCAC will be in charge of building and assembling the set design. This play can be seen at the Romea Theatre on 17, 19 and 20 June.