Leila Maria Fteita
Leila Maria Fteita graduated from the Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti in Turin and straightaway became an assistant of Mauro Pagano, a stage and costume designer well-known in Italy and the world.
She went on to work with Dante Ferretti, Gae Aulenti, Peter Stein, Margherita Palli, Tullio Pericoli and Hugo De Ana on the staging of operas, plays and ballets in Italy and abroad. Her more prestigious collaborations have included working as a stage and set designer for Liliana Cavani, Luca Ronconi, Ermanno Olmi, Michael Hampe, Pier’Alli, Jérôme Savary, Franco Zeffirelli, Bob Wilson, Werner Herzog, Nicolas Joël and Graham Vick. She also worked with Giorgio Strehler and became Ezio Frigerio’s assistant stage designer on Arlecchino servitore di due padroni, I giganti della montagna, L’isola degli schiavi, Falstaff, Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte.
Between the 1990s and the 2000s she worked at the Teatro alla Scala on the ballet La Boutique fantasque and at the Teatro Piccolo in Milan for the director Marina Bianchi. In 2003 she collaborated with Ugo Volli on the exhibition Le città invisibili at the Triennale di Milano. A burgeoning career: from La Scala in Milan to the Teatro Regio in Turin to the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, from her collaboration with Dante Ferretti and Ferzan Özpetek for the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino to La Traviata at the San Carlo in Naples, and then international recognition with the collaboration with Hugo de Ana on Un ballo in maschera at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing in 2012 and La Traviata at the Opera House in Tokyo in 2018.
Leila Maria Fteita is conscious of the importance of passing on her expertise and know-how: she holds seminars on the history of stage design for the course in the History of the Theatre and Performance at the University of Milan and since 2013 she has been holding workshops of stage design for the master’s degree course in Television, Cinema and New Media at the IULM University.