Platon Bardhi

Platon Bardhi

Set designer

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Platon Bardhi is a multifaceted artist. After art school bachelor in his hometown in Albania, he moved to Florence to begin his studies in scenography at the Academy of Fine Arts with Prof. Massimo Mattioli. During this period he made his first work experience at the scenography laboratory of the Teatro Comunale di Firenze. In 2006 he also attended the course of computer science applied to scenography at the Teatro alla Scala Academy.

In 2007, after a period of training at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste, he collaborated as assistant set designer with Maria Pia Angelini at the Operetta Festival for Il paese dei campanelli and Cin Ci Là directed by Maurizio Nichetti.

In 2008 he collaborated with Antonio Petris for L’Olimpiade of L. Leo at the Teatro Comunale of Bologna and Andrea Chenier of U. Giordano at the Teatro del Fuoco in Foggia. In November of the same year he signed his first scenography with Il Trittico di Puccini at National Opera Theater in Tirana.

In January 2009 he began working as set designer with the director Giulio Ciabatti, with whom he will pursue a long career and friendship, for the realization of Il piccolo Flauto Magico in Palermo. In the same year he realizes the scenography for Nabucco by G. Verdi at the Opera Festival in Obidos – Portugal. In November he is set designer for Salome by R. Strauss at National Opera Theater in Tirana directed by Patricia Panton.

In February 2010 he signed the scenes of Suor Angelica and Pagliacci at the Teatro Marrucino in Chieti directed by Giulio Ciabatti. In May he is set and light designer for Il Barbiere di Siviglia by G. Rossini at the Coliseo Do Porto directed by Eleonora Paterniti, with whom he will also work for Anna Bolena by G. Donizetti at National Opera Theater in Tirana and in the month of July designs the scenes for Zorba.

In 2011 he signed the scenes of Werther by J. Massenet directed by Patricia Panton at National Opera Theater in Tirana. In November he is again at Coliseo do Porto for Samson and Dalila directed by Giulio Ciabatti.

In June 2012 he signed the scene for Skanderbeg at the National Opera Theater in Tirana. In December of the same year he designed the scenes of Così fan tuttewith the direction of Antonio Petris, a work that will be performed in several theatres of The Netherlands and Bulgaria.

In March 2013 he designed and created the scenes of the opera Ali Pasha von Janina by A. Lortzing, absolute premiere in modern times at the National Opera Theater in Tirana directed by Patricia Panton. In April 2013 he designed the set design of Falstaff by G. Verdi under the direction of Giulio Ciabatti at the Luxor Theater in Rotterdam, which will be staged in 15 theaters of The Netherlands and Belgium.

In 2013 he was among the four finalists of the 7th European Opera-directing Prize selected among more than 87 teams participating in the contest, providing directing, costume and set design for Pagliacci and Cavalleria Rusticana.

In November 2013 he created the set design for La Bohéme by G. Puccini under the direction of Giulio Ciabatti at the Teatro Coliseuo do Porto and for Tannhauserby R. Wagner, directed by Daniel Helfgot at National Opera Theater in Tirana. It is the first time that a Wagnerian opera was represented in Albania.

In 2014 it confirms its success in Portugal with staging of Carmen by G. Bizet and Rigoletto by G. Verdi under the direction of Giulio Ciabatti.

In 2015 and 2016 he collaborated on the production of Scandalo (by Arthur Schnitzler) and Play Strindberg (by Friedrich Dürrenmatt), prose shows directed byFranco Però, represented at the Mittlefest in Cividale del Friuli.

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European Opera-directing Prize