Giuseppe Palella (Italy) Winner of the prestigious Abbiati award of 2019, ‘Best Costume Designer for Italian Music Critics’, took his first steps in the costume department fifteen years ago at the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome where he collaborated with world-renowned directors including Franco Zeffirelli and Luca Ronconi.
Past design engagements include: I Puritani at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence and Teatro Regio of Turin, Guglielmo Ratcliff and Maria de Rudenz at Wexford Opera Festival , La Traviata, Samson and Dalila, Gianni Schicchi, and The Medium at Giuseppe Verdi Theater in Trieste, Lucia di Lammermoor Teatro de the Maestranza in Seville, Chopin tells Chopin at Costanzi Theater in Roma, The Snow Queen with the Teatro Puccini in Florence, Wihelm Tell, I Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana and Rigoletto, Theater Kiel, Orlanda finto pazzo with the Korea National Opera and The Wizard of Oz with the Teatro Carcano in Milan. This season, he designs the costumes for productions of Dorilla in Tempe and Duke Bluebeard’s Castle for the Teatro della Fenice, Rusalka Staatstheater Kassel, and Un Ballo in Maschera in Oviedo and Valladolid which was first produced at the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest and Giulio Cesare in Egitto in St Gallen. He also supervised the costume department on Aida, Madama Butterfly, Turandot, Un Ballo in Maschera, Carmen, Romeo et Juliette at the Arena di Verona, and Elektra for Patrice Chereau at Teatro alla Scala.
Previously, he studied sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna, voice as a tenor at Giovan Battista Martini Conservatory in Bologna, and acting and contemporary music at the Conservatory in Florence.