Aldo Tarabella divides his time primarily between directing and composing. He has written for the Royal Academy of London, the Symphony Orchestra of Cannes, the ORT (Orchestra della Toscana), the Festival di Nuova Consonanza of Rome, RAI (Radiotelevisione italiana), the Two Worlds Festival of Spoleto and the Mozarteum of Salzburg. After his collaboration with the Piccolo Teatro of Milan, where he composed, among other pieces, the music for the second part of Faust-Framenti directed by Giorgio Strehler, his activity in theatre and film includes working with Russian director Nikita Mickalkov on the music for the film Oci Ciornie and the set for Pianola meccanica at the Teatro Argentina of Rome, with Marcello Mastroianni. For Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, he composed a suite that was performed in Brussels under the high patronage of the Italian Embassy. He has worked frequently in ballet, including collaborations with choreographer Micha von Hoekhe for Guitare and Voyage.
He has also composed and directed his own lyric operas: Clown, directed by Antonio Ballista; Arlecchino, commissioned by the ORT; and the works Il Maestro e i piccoli cantori and Il pianeta della verità for the Accademia di Santa Cecilia of Rome. He debuted with a new work, Opera bestiale, at the Parco della Musica of Rome. Commissioned by CIDIM – UNESCO, this work was performed at several theatres, among which Turin’s Teatro Regio and Bologna’s Teatro Comunale. He has continued his collaboration with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia of Rome with a new work, the exhilarating Tubeo e Violetta, a parody of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Romeo and Juliet, and a success among critics and the public alike. He composed Il servo padrone, an ideal and parodic continuation of the celebrated comic work La serva padrona, performed at the Società Concertistica Barattelli of L’Aquila with the Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese, and later also performed at the Mittelfestival of Cividale del Friuli and, in July 2005, at the Ravello Festival.
His works are published by Casa Musicale Sonzogno in Milan.
Operas directed: Noye’s Fludde by B. Britten, in Pisa, Nino Rota’s Lo scoiattolo in gamba for the ORT, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel for Lucca’s opera season and for the ORT; in November 2000 Suor Angelica (directed by Bruno Bartoletti), for the Puccini celebrations in Lucca. In the same year, he directed Mozart’s The Magic Flute for the ORT, with Myung-Whung Chung. In December 2002, he directed the first modern production of Malavita by Umberto Giordano at the Teatro Umberto Giordano in Foggia, The Barber of Seville in Toronto for Royal Opera Canada and Menotti’s Medium in the town of Jesi. He directed Marcella by Umberto Giordano together with Bruno Bartoletti and La Bohème for the Teatro Coccia in Novara, the Teatro Sociale in Mantua, the Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo, Bolzano and the Teatro Alighieri in Ravenna. He returned with success to the Abbey of San Galgano in Siena with a special production of The Magic Flute, to Asturia, Spain, with Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni, to the Laboral Theatre in the Arena of Gjion and to Mantua, at the Teatro Sociale, with a brilliant production of The Barber of Seville that was a great success with the public and with critics. As part of the ORT season, his opera Clown was performed at the Teatro Verdi in Florence and later in Pisa. He served as director for a regional project to promote young actors, singers, set designers, costume designers and technicians and dedicated to Sergio Tofano and Nino Rota with the staging of a musical comedy based on the character of Signor Bonaventura, L’Isola dei pappagalli, at Prato’s Teatro Metastasio, Fiesole’s Scuola di Musica and the ORT. Revival and national tour. He debuted in Sicily with Verdi’s La Traviata in collaboration with the Teatro San Carlo of Naples, with sets by Nicola Robertelli, costumes by Giusy Giustino and directed by Massimiliano Stefanelli. He directed Manon Lescaut for the Fondazioni all’Opera, with sets and costumes by Pierpaolo Bisler, at Ascoli’s Teatro Ventidio Basso, Chieti’s Teatro Marruccino and the Teatro dell’Aquila in the town of Fermo.
For the project “Allopera” in Milan, a new initiative for mobile opera, he directed Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. Next September, Tarabella will personally direct the production of his opera, ‘Il servo padrone’, at the Teatro Comunale di Firenze.
Work as artistic consultant:
Founder and Artistic Director of the Festival dell’Opera Buffa for the Region of Lombardy.
Artistic Director for the Municipality of Arezzo’s project “Cittadella Musicale”, for 10 years.
Representative of the Region of Tuscany at the Teatro Comunale of Florence and the Fondazione Guido D’Arezzo, an organisation for which he served as tutor and coordinator for the three-year European project for young choir directors.
Artistic Director of the Teatro del Giglio of Lucca – Teatro di Tradizione – from 2000 to 2008 and from 2013 to present.
Founder of the experimental company Opera Bazar, with headquarters in Lucca, where specialist programmes are offered for singers, musicians and dancers on themes revolving around the multidisciplinary nature of the arts.
Currently a founder for the Region of Tuscany and Artistic Coordinator for the YOUTH OPERA Department and youth opera projects in Europe and a professor of Set Design at the Scuola di Musica of Fiesole.
Fondatore della Compagnia Sperimentale Opera Bazar, con sede a Lucca, dove si tengono i master di alta formazione per cantanti, strumentisti e ballerini, sui temi della multidisciplinarietà delle arti.
Attualmente fondatore per la Regione Toscana e Coordinatore artistico del Dipartimento YOUTH OPERA e progetti giovani in Europa; docente di arte scenica presso la Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. Direttore artistico del Teatro del Giglio di Lucca, Teatro di Tradizione.
Aldo Tarabella è partner attivo in Italia del prestigioso network RESEO, coordinamento europeo dei Dipartimenti d’opera e di balletto dedicati ai progetti educativi dei grandi Teatri Lirici europei.