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Currently we present sought-after works by: Christian Berard, Elsa Schiaparelli, Marcel Vertes, Rene Bouche, Lila De Nobili, Irene Sharaff, Theoni Aldredge, Martin Pakledinaz, Alina Panova, Dante Ferretti, Beni Montresor, Eugene Berman, Ming Cho Lee.

 

BENI MONTRESOR

Beni Montresor (1926-2001)-celebrated Italian production and costume designer, film and opera director, children's book illustrator. 

Born in the village of Busolengo, Italy, he studied at Arts Academy in Verona. After World War II, Montresor worked in films for such directors as Federico Fellini, Vittorio De Sica, and Roberto Rossellini; his stage productions at the time included The Madwoman of Chaillot by Jean Giradoux and Beatrice Cenci by Alberto Moravia. Montresor moved to New York in 1960; his first opera design, Vanessa, by Samuel Barber, came that year.

His designs for The Metropolitan Opera included The Last SavageLa GiocondaEsclarmondeL’Elisir d’Amore, and La Cenerentola. For New York City Opera, he designed The Magic FluteDaughter of the RegimentTurandot, and L’Amore de Tre Re. His Broadway designers include Do I Hear a Waltz? (1965),Rags (1986), and The Marriage of Figaro (1986), for which he received a Tony nomination. Other designs included Gwendoline for San Diego Opera (1982), LohengrinWerther and La Boheme for Teatro Palermo,Samson and Delilah and Iphigenia at Tauris for Teatro Colon.

He also directed operas, staging La Verdova Allegra for the Verona Opera Festival and Falstaff for La Societa dell’Opera Buffa, Saffo for the Wexford Festival, and Madame Butterfly for Teatro Massimo, Palermo; he also designed many of these productions.

Montresor was also a noted illustrator of children’s books, winning a Caldecott Medal 9j 1965 for May I Bring a Friend?, written by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers.

 

LILA DE NOBILI

The name of Lila de Nobili (3/9/1916 - 19/2/2002) has become linked to theatrical and operatic creations that have set their stamp on the aesthetic values of stage design in post-war Europe. 

Born in Castagnola (Lugano, Switzerland), of an Italian father, the scion of an old family of La Spezzia, and of a mother of Hungarian-Jewish origin-her mother's brother was the well-known painter Marcel Vertès (1895-1961)-Lila de Nobili spent her childhood years in a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

After studying painting in Rome and Paris, she collaborated with Vogue on the illustration of haute couture collections. From 1947 on she devoted herself to the performing arts-the theatre, opera, dance, cinema etc.- designing stage sets and costumes, all of which bore her personal mark and exuded a special, poetic magic.

After 1973 she gave up stage designing to return to painting. In an environment in which famous personalities abounded, she chose to lead a discrete existence, both in her private life and in her art, remaining a symbol of high artistic creativity. 

Her work in the theatre was marked by a number of mythical performances in the greatest theatres in Europe-La Scala of Milan and Spoleto in Italy, the Comédie Française and the National Opera of Paris in France, Covent Garden and Stratford-upon-Avon in England- and collaborations with such theatrical giants as the directors Luchino Visconti, Franco Zeffirelli, Peter Hall, Peter Wood, Raymond Rouleau, Tony Richardson, the stage director and musician Gian Carlo Menotti, the choreographer Frederick Ashton, the dancer and choreographer Jean Babilée (L’homme à la peau de serpent, Sable), the prima ballerina Margot Fonteyn (Οndine),Maria Callas (La Traviata), the singer Edith Piaf (Le bel indifférent), the actors Charles Laughton (A Midsummer's Night Dream), Arletty (A Streetcar Named Desire) Ingrid Bergman (Hedda Gabbler), Audrey Hepburn (Gigi) among many others.

 

ALINA PANOVA

Alina Panova is a multidisciplinary artist, noted stage and screen designer. Panova's designs have contributed to the look of film, stage and theater. As a stage and screen designer Alina Panova began her work in the world of opera and ballet, and subsequently established herself as a noted Hollywood costume designer and multidisciplinary artist. She collaborated with leading artists, directors and performers of our time.

Alina Panova was born in Kiev, Ukraine to a family with Russian, Polish, and Jewish roots. She studied at the Shevchenko State Shool of Fine Arts in Kiev, and Cooper Union School of Art in New York after her family moved to the United States. In New York she became a protege of the legendary Theoni Aldredge with whom she established a long-term professional collaboration. Panova's designs include numerous Hollywood films, as well as Broadway and West End musicals, operas and ballets. In the world of opera, Panova's mentor was a renowned Italian director/author/designer Beni Montresor with whom she worked with on many international productions. Panova's set and costumes designs have been seen in major opera houses around the world, including: Paris Opera, La Scala, the San Francisco Opera and Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. Panova's long list of stage designs also include West End musicals "Chess" and "Ziegfeld" as well as Broadway productions of "Gypsy" , "Blithe Spirit" and "Nick and Nora". In Hollywood films her costume designs have been seen in "Addams Family Values" (Academy Award Nomination), "The Naked Man"( written/roduced by Ethan Coen), and "Bruiser", directed by cult horror director George Romero. 

One of Panova's big passions is the world of ballet and dance. Having worked with some of the greatest dancers and ballerinas of our time, and designing numerous ballet productions, she also spent many hundreds of hours drawing, painting and "chronicling" the life of dancers on stage and off. This resulted in the impressive body of work that includes numerous portraits, drawings, class sketches and studies of Rudolph Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov and others.

In 2008 Panova returned to painting and art projects and is very selective in accepting design work. 

 






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