Alberto Naselli of Bergano, also known as Zan Ganassa, was an important figure in the early development of the commedia dell'arte theatre in Italy. Naselli organised some of the most substantial travelling troupes of artists, including the first troupe to tour France. He is also the first recorded person to play the character of Harlequin (the Arlecchino). ...more on Wikipedia about "Alberto Naselli"
Brighella is a comic, masked character from the Commedia dell'arte. His costume consisted of loosely-fitting, white smock and pants with green trim and was often equipped with a battachio or slapstick. He wore a green half- mask displaying a look of preternatural lust and greed. ...more on Wikipedia about "Brighella"
Carlo, Count Gozzi ( 13 December 1720 – April 4, 1806), was an Italian dramatist. ...more on Wikipedia about "Carlo Gozzi"
This article is about the theatrical character. Columbina is also a genus of doves. ...more on Wikipedia about "Columbina"
Commedia dell'arte ( Italian, meaning "comedy of professional artists" but has also been interpreted as "comedy of humors") also known as Extemporal Comedy was a form of improvisational theater which began in the 16th century and was popular until the 18th century, although it is still performed today. Traveling teams of players would set up an outdoor stage and provide amusement in the form of juggling, acrobatics, and, more typically, humorous plays based on a repertoire of established characters with a rough storyline, called Canovaccio. ...more on Wikipedia about "Commedia dell'arte"
Dell'Arte School is located in Northern California in the town of Blue Lake in Humboldt County near the major population centers of Eureka and Arcata. The school of commedia dell'arte and physical theatre encompasses the Dell'Arte Company and the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre. Since 1991 the Dell'Arte has hosted the Mad River Festival in late June concurrent with their summer workshops. The festival draws participants from all over the world, and includes "The Blue Lake Pageant" featuring giant puppets, musicians, dancers and performers. Dell'Arte also has a youth academy which works with local schools to develop ensemble productions. ...more on Wikipedia about "Dell'Arte School"
(Gianduia) Gianduja is one of the masks of the Italian Commedia dell'Arte, typically representing the town of Turin (and Piedmont in general). ...more on Wikipedia about "Gianduia"
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Harlequin (Arlecchino in Italian, Arlequin in French) is the most popular of the zanni or comic servant characters from the Italian Commedia dell'Arte. ...more on Wikipedia about "Harlequin"
Founded in Boston, MA in 1990, i Sebastiani is a commedia dell'arte troupe that specializes in the classic performance style of the late fifteenth century and early sixteenth century. ...more on Wikipedia about "I Sebastiani"
Il Capitano (the Captain) is a masked character from the Commedia dell'Arte. ...more on Wikipedia about "Il Capitano"
Il Dottore or the Doctor (usually called Dottore Balanzone or Dottore Graziano, the Doctor) is a commedia dell'arte stock character, he is a local aristocrat or doctor of medicine or doctor of law (lawyer), or doctor of anything he claims to know everything about which is most things. He went all the way to Bologna to read for his degree. He is extremely rich, with "old" money. He adores food and good wines, thus he is a little round. He is extremely pompous, and loves the sound of his own voice, spouting ersatz Latin and Greek. His interaction in the play is usually mostly with Pantalone, either as a friend, mentor or competitor. ...more on Wikipedia about "Il Dottore"
The Innamorati (from the Italian innamorato, lover, the one who is in love) are young lovers, characters of the Commedia dell'arte. ...more on Wikipedia about "Innamorati"
(Isabella (commedia dell'arte)) The Inamorata was a role originally played by men in France and England, due to the "lewdness and adultery" associated with the women's roles. There were limited women's characters: ...more on Wikipedia about "Isabella (commedia dell'arte)"
La Ruffiana (in Italian, pimp or whore) is an older female character of the Commedia dell'Arte with a shady past. ...more on Wikipedia about "La Ruffiana" Pure http://www.shortopedia.com. Pure Information Power. Commedia_dell'arte
Lazzi (from the Italian lazzo, a joke or witticism) is a bit of well-rehearsed comic action used in the Commedia dell'arte. Most English-speaking troupes use the Italian plural "lazzi" as the singular and "lazzis" for the plural. ...more on Wikipedia about "Lazzi"
Pagliacci (Clowns) is an opera in two acts and a prologue by Ruggiero Leoncavallo. The libretto, by the composer, is based on a true story. It premiered in Milan in 1892. It is often performed in a double bill with Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni. Pagliacci features one of the opera repertoire's most famous and popular arias, "Recitar/Vesti la giubba". ...more on Wikipedia about "Pagliacci"
Pantalone is a stock character that is classified as one of the vecchio or old men in Commedia dell'arte. He is a miserly and often libidinous character who is portrayed as a Venetian and often speaks in the Venetian dialect. ...more on Wikipedia about "Pantalone"
Pierrot is a stock character of pantomime. ...more on Wikipedia about "Pierrot"
Pulcinella, often called Punch in English, is a classical character that originated in the Commedia dell'arte of the 17th century and became a stock character in Neapolitan puppetry. His main characteristic, from which he acquired his name, is his extremely long nose, which resembles a beak. In Latin, this was a pullus gallinaceus, which led to the word "Pulliciniello" and "Pulcinella", related to the Italian pulcino or chick. ...more on Wikipedia about "Pulcinella"
Scaramuccia, also known as Scaramouche, is a roguish commedia dell'arte character who wears a black velvet mask and black trousers, shirt and hat. The character was invented by a 17th century Italian actor, Tiberio Fiorelli. ...more on Wikipedia about "Scaramuccia"
Tabarin was the street name assumed by the most famous of the Parisian street charlatans, Anthoine Girard (c. 1584 – August 16, 1633), who amused his audiences in the Place Dauphine by farcical dialogue with his brother Philippe (as Mondor), with whom he reaped a golden harvest by the sale of quack medicines for several years after 1618. Street theatre was popular theatre, on an improvised stage with a curtain backdrop, to the music of a hurdy-gurdy and a set of viols. More formal contemporary performances were confined to the royal court or to the Hotel de Bourgogne, overseen by the medieval guild that had the monopoly of theatrical performances in Paris. ...more on Wikipedia about "Tabarin"
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The Love for Three Oranges (Любовь к трем апельсинам in Russian, Lyubov k Tryom Apelsinam in transliteration) is an opera by Sergei Prokofiev to a libretto based on the play L'amore delle tre melarance by Carlo Gozzi. It was composed in 1919,and was first performed on December 30, 1921, at the Chicago Opera, with the composer himself conducting. ...more on Wikipedia about "The Love for Three Oranges"
Tutti Frutti is a commedia dell'arte troupe based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Primarily led by James Letchwort and his wife Marilyn Prince, the troupe originated decades ago at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire. ...more on Wikipedia about "Tutti Frutti (commedia dell'arte)"
Vecchio. A category of aged, male characters from the Italian Commedia dell'Arte. The primary members of this group are Pantalone, Il Dottore and Il Capitano. ...more on Wikipedia about "Vecchio"
Zanni (from the Italian, dialectal nickname for Giovanni) was the archetype of the comic servant characters of the Commedia dell'arte. The character of Zanni was an older, impoverished man and hired servant of one of the other characters, typically Pantalone. ...more on Wikipedia about "Zanni"
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