e l'Oriente fantastico di Puccini, Chini e Caramba

  • Edited by Daniela Degl'Innocenti, Monica Zavattaro
  • Binding Paperback with flaps
  • Size 24 x 28 cm
  • Pages 232
  • Illustrations 160
  • Language Italian, English
  • Year 2021
  • ISBN 9788836647897
  • Price € 34,00  € 32,30
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The Museo del Tessuto’s extraordinary discovery of a collection of costumes and stage jewellery from Giacomo Puccini's Turandot provided the opportunity to create a comprehensive exhibition and this catalogue. This volume includes contributions from specialists with diverse backgrounds. They offer insights to reinterpret the history of one of the most famous and appreciated operas by the great composer from Lucca.
In the costumes and jewels rediscovered, belonging to the wardrobe of Prato soprano Iva Pacetti, were recognised those made by costume designer of the Teatro alla Scala, Luigi Sapelli (also known as Caramba), for the premiere of the opera: subjected to important and complex restoration interventions, they have been investigated in the context of the genesis of Turandot and the artistic partnership between Giacomo Puccini and the artist and friend Galileo Chini, a great interpreter of Italian Liberty who – by reason of a three-year stay in the East – was entrusted with the design of the sets.

Prato, Museo del Tessuto, May - November 2021


Turandot Costumes and Jewellery at the Museo del Tessuto. Their Discovery, Restoration and Exhibition
Filippo Guarini


Interweavings between Anthropology and Art. Galileo Chini’s Collection at the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology in Florence
Monica Zavattaro

A True Story. Galileo Chini, Painting the East and the Siamese Collection
Francesco Morena

“I see the characters and their colour and movements. I am a theatre man. I create theatre”. The Staging and Costumes of Turandot between Puccini, Chini and Caramba
Daniela Degl’Innocenti


‘Written’ Inventories of the Teatro alla Scala Warehouse
Rita Citterio

“We defer to the expertise of Corbella”
Elisabetta Franchi

Sartoria Devalle, Caramba’s Costumes and Other Stories
Andrea Devalle

Iva Pacetti
Francesca Cipriani


The Galileo Chini Collection at the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology

Caramba’s Costumes for Turandot

Galileo Chini and Giacomo Puccini’s Vision of the East


Conservative Restoration of two Turandot Costumes from the Wardrobe of the Soprano Iva Pacetti
Simona Laurini, Azelia Luigia Lombardi, Elisa Zonta

Restoration of Turandot’s Stage Hair Accessory and Crown (1926)
Elena Della Schiava, Tommaso Pestelli, Filippo Tattini

Documentary appendix

A Dressmaking Inventory from the Teatro alla Scala
Daniela Degl’Innocenti

The Genesis of Staging the Opera in the Leading Figures’ Correspondence
Simonetta Bigongiari, Maria Pia Ferraris

List of Sources

Selected Bibliography