Set and costume designer born in Milan in 1941, Luisa Spinatelli studied Set design at Brera’s Fine Art Academy, where she also taught Set design methodology. In 1965 she debuted as the youngest set designer ever at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala with “Francesca da Rimini”, starring Carla Fracci and choreographed by Pistoni.
Theater - Cinema - Opera
As Ezio Frigerio’s assistant, she had the opportunity to meet Giorgio Strehler, with whom she was lucky enough to collaborate, acquiring that special way of “theatre-making” which became her signature over the course of her career. Her professional activity is dedicated mainly to theatre, opera and ballet. She worked with renowned directors and choreographers both in Italy and abroad. In 1990 she won Premio Quadrivio with the following motivation: “For her great contribution to this art as a capable and acclaimed professional, able to interpret her role as a costume and set designer endowing each of her creations with a touch of refinement and genuine cultural content, not to mention her rich and indisputably valuable artistic creativity.”
In 1976 she debuted as the first-ever woman set designer at Verona Arena with the “Nutcracker”. In the field of theatre, her countless collaborations with Strehler at Milan’s Piccolo Teatro and Teatro Studio and at Paris’ Odéon are worth mentioning, while in the field of Opera we find the memorable “Aida” and “Carmen”, directed by M. Bolognini in 1987 and 1984 respectively, as well as the numerous productions at La Scala Theatre. In the field of ballet, her specialty, she won many awards in Italy and abroad, working in dozens of productions in the most prestigious international theatres. Her name is mentioned in the Treccani Encyclopedia.