Istituto per il Teatro e il Melodramma


Direttore
Maria Ida Biggi


Segreteria
tel. +39 041 2710236
fax +39 041 2710215
e-mail teatromelodramma@cini.it


Consultation of the archival material is possible only by prior request for an appointment, to be sent to the above addresses.
For consultation of the volumes belonging to the personal libraries (AMOM, EPOV, GPOL, LSQU, MAL, MILL, PSAM, ROL), the authorization request has to arrive at least three working days before the date of the consultation.
In any case, the request has to be justified and it must contain explicit reference to the research that is taking place and the institution / University to which you are working.

The Istituto per il Teatro e il Melodramma promotes the scientific research and promotion of the show in specific spheres such as the history of the actor, of melodrama, of dance, of set design and of theatre and music iconography.
The Institute's scientific commitment, furthermore, focuses mainly on the conservation of its precious archive collections and the appreciation of these by promoting in-depth studies, conferences, publications, cultural events and staging thematic exhibitions, which also encourage the use of the materials by non-specialised persons.
In recent years the Institute has added some successful creative efforts to its conservation vocation, organising theatre shows with important artists and obtaining considerable public success.

Archivio iconografico teatrale musicale

The Archivio Iconografico Teatrale e Musicale (AITM) is a unique and original collection of its genre. It contains catalogued materials of use in documenting the history of the performance from the seventeenth century to the present. The collection is organised by typological criteria and contains materials ranging from portraits to sketches, fashion plates, illustrations taken from nineteen...

Arrigo Boito

The archive of Arrigo Boito (Padua, 24 February 1842 - Milan, 10 June 1918) is currently held in Venice at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, divided between the Istituto per il Teatro e il Melodramma and the Istituto per la Musica, and in Parma at the Conservatorio Arrigo Boito.

Since 2018, the National Committee for the celebratio...

Santuzza Calì

Eleonora Duse

The archive of Eleonora Duse (Vigevano, 3 October 1858 - Pittsburgh, 21 April 1924) is the largest and most complete collection of documents on the life and art of the great Italian actress. The collection contains various kinds of material: autographs, including letters and scripts, photographs, administrative documents, clothing and memorabilia.
The archive is made up of various donat...

Virginia Ferni Germano

The archive of Virginia Ferni Germano (Turin, 16 December 1849 - 4 February 1934), acquired by the Istituto per il Teatro e il Melodramma in 2016, contains the photographic collection that belonged to the musician and acclaimed performer of late nineteenth-century opera, the preferred singer of Alfredo Catalani. The collection includes more than 100 original photographs: a small series of st...

Francesco Gallia

Francesco Gallia's Wagnerian library contains over a thousand volumes exclusively related to the theatrical and musical production of Richard Wagner. There are many editorial rarities, as well as numerous texts in German of great historical-documentary value. The library was donated to the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in 1990.

Gian Francesco Malipiero

The library of Gian Francesco Malipiero (Venice, 18 March 1882 - Treviso, 1 August 1973), which belongs to the Istituto per il Teatro e il Melodramma, consists of the musician's collection of 1300 books, including precious sixteenth-century works, texts from the early twentieth century and bibliographic rarities.
The library was donated by Malipiero himself to the Fondazione Giorgio Cin...

Aurel M. Milloss

The archive of Aurél M. Milloss (Ozora, 12 May 1906 - Rome, 21 September 1988) holds precious materials in concerning the theatre activity of the famous Italian nationalised Hungarian choreographer, one of the great artists of twentieth-century dance. The collection contains handwritten documents, including letters and work notes, programmes, playbills and administrative documents relating t...

Arnaldo Momo

The archive of Arnaldo Momo (Venice, 1916-2008) came into the Istituto per il Teatro e il Melodramma at the behest of his sons, Fabio and Federico. It contains materials related to Momo's professional and artistic activities as a man of theatre, teacher and essayist. The entire collection of his writings has been gathered in the archive - conference papers, lectures, stage readings, theatre ...

Piero Nardi

The archive of Piero Nardi (Vicenza, 6 August 1891 - 9 June 1974) was acquired by the Giorgio Cini Foundation in 1970 thanks to Nardi himself. It contains the epistolary of different senders and recipients, collected by the historian and critic during his authorial activity. The documents are divided into two sections: the "Corrispondenza Aleramo" and "Altra corr...

Giovanni Poli

Acquired by the Istituto per il Teatro e il Melodramma thanks to Stefano and Massimo Poli, the archive of Giovanni Poli (Crosara di Marostica, 2 July 1917 - Venice, 18 February 1979) contains heterogeneous material. In addition to a rich core of posters and playbills, the collection holds the preparatory materials for the staging of Poli's shows, including sketches, outlines, notes and direc...

Paolo Poli

Elena Povoledo

The archive of Elena Povoledo (Venice, 16 November 1920 - Rome, 2013) is made up of a rich body of materials relating to the history of theatre and set design. In addition to a precious iconographic collection, which includes more than 15,000 photographs, the archive contains stage sketches, theatre programmes, playbills, magazines and a rich section of work and research materials. A disting...

Olga Resnevič Signorelli

The archive of Olga Resznevič Signorelli (Jaunsvirlaukas, 8 August 1883 - Rome, 17 December 1973), holds not only a large number of documents on Eleonora Duse, but also several letters addressed to the Russian doctor, journalist, writer and translator who had become a prominent figure in the world of Italian culture between the two world wars. Olga Signorelli's correspondents included severa...

Ulderico Rolandi

The collection of Ulderico Rolandi (1874-1951) is made up of numerous opera libretti collected by the melodrama scholar and passionate collector. There are some very rare specimens among those held, dating from the second half of the sixteenth century to the early twentieth century. The collection was acquired by Vittorio Cini in 1956 on the advice of Adriano Belli and Silvio D'Amico. It is ...

Titina Rota

The archive of Titina Rota (Milan, 15 June 1899 - Rome, 1978) contains fashion plates, sketches and paintings produced by the artist during her career as illustrator and costume designer for theatre and cinema. One of the most interesting figures of twentieth-century Italian theatre, Titina Rota worked with film directors such as Vladimir Nemirovič-Dančenko, Carmine Gallone, Tatiana Pavlova,...

Pierluigi Samaritani

The archive of Pierluigi Samaritani (Novara, 29 September 1942 - Rome, 5 January 1994) is made up of more than 400 original drawings, costume fashion plates and staging sketches, 2000 books from his personal library and numerous folders of documents relating to the shows produced by the set and costume designer. During his long career Samaritani worked in the most prestigious opera houses in...

Mischa Scandella

The Mischa Scandella Archive was acquired by the Istituto per il Teatro e il Melodramma at the behest of Giovanni Scandella, son of the famous Venetian set and costume designer. The archive consists of mixed materials and is an essential resource for the study of the artistic activity of Mischa Scandella (Venice, 5 December 1921 - Rome, 31 March 1983). It contains original designs, drawings,...

Maurizio Scaparro

The archive of Maurizio Scaparro (Rome, 2 September 1932), which came to the Fondazione thanks to the maestro himself in February 2017, is divided into several sections including, among others, theatre, lyric, film and television direction. Each category includes heterogeneous documents relating to the preparation and staging of all the shows and events that Scaparro produced between the 196...

Luigi Squarzina

The library of Luigi Squarzina (Livorno, 18 February 1922 - Rome, 8 October 2010) contains 5000 books that the maestro collected over the course of almost seventy years of artistic life. They include an extensive bibliography of and on Shakespeare and Elizabethan theatre, along with numerous texts on the avant-garde theatre of the twentieth century, particularly ...

Riviste di teatro

The Istituto per il Teatro e il Melodramma has a rich collection of period magazines published in Italy and abroad in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Given their rarity and interest as regards the study of theatre history, they are a useful research resource for scholars in this field. Having arrived in the archive through various donations, these valuable publications are kept in th...

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