DIE ZIRKUSPRINZESSIN (CIRCUS PRINCESS) - Kálmán, National Opera Estonia
“(…) With vivid colours, simply constructions and atmosphere-creating lighting, Gilberto Giardini's imaginative sets immerse performers and audience in a magical circus world. They form a picturesque backdrop for his splendid, lively, and witty costumes, which are as if tailored to the characters. (…)
(IOCO Kultur im Netz)
Stage direction by T. Mittmann, Set & costume design by G.Giardini. Photo credits: Harri Rospu, Ranno Rätsep.
NABUCCO - G. Verdi, Opera Festival Gut Immling - Chiemgau
(...)Staging Verdi's grand opera for the opera festival on the green hill between Bad Endorf and Halfing is a gigantic undertaking. The work is about megalomania, impotence, fear of God, blinding, and freedom. Director Nicola Panzer decided to present the complicated story of the Babylonian regent Nabucco as a timeless, large-scale opera of movement on the broad Immlingen stage, on which the individual falls by the wayside in the face of mass society. The Italian-Polish set and costume designer Gilberto Giardini created an oversized sandstone-coloured wall that dominates the back wall of the stage. It symbolises power, imprisonment, craving for recognition, and loneliness. Clear colours define his costumes in red, gold, grey and black, which appear both martial and timeless, and latex materials predominate for the protagonists. The white cotton robes of the Hebrews with blue corsages were obviously inspired by the Israeli national flag.
(Münchner Merkur, Bavarian Radio)
Stage direction by N. Panzer, Set & costume design by G.Giardini. Photo credits: Bresser.
DON GIOVANNI - W. A. Mozart, Theater Augsburg
" (…) several square meters of empty stage . Through use of illusionistic light and color, the scene is more immaterial than realistic. It consists of a few monochrome-midnight blue room-dividers, very few stage props - here two rococo swings in Fragonard style, there a colourful flower wreath , or a bowl with bunches of grapes plus the precise use of slide-projection and silhouettes: Everything is strict, stylised and transparent. The set and costume designer Gilberto Giardini understands the high art of saying more with less and aesthetic calculation. (possibly even money-saving)
Stage direction by T. Mittmann, Set & costume design by G.Giardini. Photo credits: Schönek.
RIGOLETTO - G. Verdi, Stadttheater Bremerhaven
Standing ovations from the packed house at the end of a truly gripping premiere evening. (...)
Stage direction by T. Mittmann, Set & costume design by G.Giardini. Photo credits: Rilke, Giardini.
LA GRANDE-DUCHESSE DE GÉROLSTEIN - J. Offenbach, Wiener Kammeroper
“This Offenbach operetta premiered on a technically simple, but very diverse and charming stage set (Gilberto Giardini). The costumes – grotesquely imaginative in conception – were also designed by Giardini. The doltish and dumb was deliciously captured. .”
Stage direction by T. Mittmann, Set & costume design by G.Giardini. Photo credits: Tordik.
DIE FLEDERMAUS - J. Strauß, Wiener Kammeroper
“Kammeroper in Japan - Success for Johann Strauß' "Fledermaus”.