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Non si può mai stare tranquilli. Incontri di vita e di teatro

The memoirs of Pier Luigi Pizzi, one of the most important directors, set and costume designers of all time, cover just under a century of theatrical history, Italian as well as international. Performances, encounters, passions and secrets of one of the all-time greats among Italian theatrical directors. A heartfelt account of almost a century of stage life experienced in the first person, always bordering on irony, even in its most dramatic pages.Born in 1930, a spectator at La Scala as a child, then displaced by the bombing of Milan, he witnessed the great cultural ferment of the post-war period, until he discovered his theatrical vocation. Ranging from one repertoire to another, from one language to another, in a career divided among drama, opera and cinema, there is no artist, director, singer or conductor whom he has not crossed paths with, starting with Luchino Visconti, Giorgio De Lullo and Romolo Valli in the years of the Compagnia dei Giovani, Luca Ronconi, Monserrat Caballé and Leyla Gencer, Gianandrea Gavazzeni and Riccardo Muti, Federico Fellini and Giorgio Strehler, Valentina Cortese and Franca Valeri. Pizzi’s recollections are like secrets revealed to the reader between one play and another of the more than one thousand plays that he has staged, but whether they are merry or dramatic stories, lighthearted or profound, the important thing for him is to tell them capturing the reader’s attention, without ever taking himself too seriously.


Pier Luigi Pizzi (Milan 1930), set designer, director and costume designer, has been working in the world of drama and of opera since 1951, with important forays into cinema alongside, among others, De Sica and Fellini. Present in the most important theaters and festivals around the world, he can be said to have made the history of worldwide stage direction, gaining prestigious international recognition. He has been living mainly in Venice for many years.

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