Ambasciatori

The Teatro San Cassiano is about pursuing excellence in music and performance. Over the next few years we will inaugurate the world’s best singers, maestri and musicians into our Hall of Fame. They will become global ambassadors for the Teatro San Cassiano project.

ANN HALLENBERG

Mezzo-soprano
Sweden

ANN HALLENBERG
Mezzo-soprano
Sweden

Ann Hallenberg regularly appears in opera houses such as Teatro alla Scala Milan, Teatro Real Madrid, Theater an der Wien, Opernhau Zürich, Opéra National Paris, Théâtre de La Monnaie Brussels, Bayerische Staatsoper München and Royal Swedish Opera.

Equally at home on the concert platform she has built an unusually vast concert repertoire that spans music from the early 17th Century up to contemporary works.

Ann Hallenberg frequently collaborates with conductors such as Fabio Biondi, William Christie, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Emmanuelle Haïm, Paavo Järvi, Louis Langrée, Paul McCreesh, Marc Minkowski, Riccardo Muti, Kent Nagano, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Antonio Pappano and Christophe Rousset.

She has recorded more than 40 CD and DVD.

Artists

The reconstructed Teatro San Cassiano will become the pre-eminent centre for Historically Informed Performance of Baroque opera (HIP) and a melting pot for experimentation and exploration. It will, attract the best singers, musicians and artists in the world. At its heart, our own artistic team will set the standard for quality, academic sensibility and musical expression:

Prof Andrea Marcon

Artistic Director

PROF ANDREA MARCON
Artistic Director

Andrea Marcon is a world-renowned specialist in Historically Informed Performance, especially within the genre of Baroque opera, and a professor at the world-leading Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Andrea’s appointment as our first Artistic Director effectively ensures from the outset that we will deliver our aim of staging the highest quality performances of drammi per musica worldwide. Moreover, as a native of Veneto, he knows more than most the value of bringing Baroque opera home to Venice.

Ondřej Macek

Music Director

ONDŘEJ MACEK
Music Director

Ondřej Macek’s ground-breaking productions of previously lost operas at the Castle Theatre, Český Krumlov, make him the only music director in the world to specialise in staging historically-informed Baroque opera in costume, with gestures, and within a Baroque theatre, using period stage machinery and scene-sets. His expertise in the restoration of operas will help lead our programme to return lost masterpieces and forgotten composers to the Venetian stage.

Zuzana Vrbovà

Stage and Gestures Director

ZUZANA VRBOVÀ
Stage and Gestures Director

Zuzana Vrbovà specialises in Baroque gesturing, critical to the singers of historically-informed Baroque opera on stage. 

Venice Baroque Orchestra

VENICE BAROQUE ORCHESTRA
Orchestra of the Teatro San Cassiano

Andrea Marcon will bring with him his equally renowned Venice Baroque Orchestra, famous and respected worldwide for the quality of their performances and recordings. The VBO has consistently set the standard for excellence in Historically Informed Performance. The VBO will evolve into our House Orchestra, but in the short term will lead productions to promote the project. We are delighted to have at the heart of our music output an orchestra which has built its reputation celebrating the glory of Venice.

Board

The Teatro San Cassiano Group oversees the entire project, with subsidiaries in the UK and Italy.

Dr Paul Atkin

CEO and Founder
Teatro San Cassiano Group

Dr PAUL ATKIN
CEO and Founder Teatro San Cassiano Group

Paul Atkin is a founder, an entrepreneur and a musicologist with over 30 years’ experience in business and a doctorate in music: ‘Opera Production in Late Seventeenth-Century Modena’. In 2014, he sold his business interests to enable him to dedicate himself to rebuilding the Teatro San Cassiano (an idea he had nurtured since 1999). His knowledge of both business and music makes him exceptionally suited to understanding the differing and sometimes conflicting demands of this project.

In 2018, Paul realised a 22-year project to restage L’ingresso alla gioventù di Claudio Nerone (Modena, 1692) and to return its composer, Antonio Gianettini, to the modern-day repertoire. The rediscovery and restoration of lost operas and composers such as this will be a central aspiration of the rebuilt Teatro San Cassiano.

Dr Stefano Patuzzi

Director of Research
Teatro San Cassiano Group

Dr STEFANO PATUZZI
Director of Research
Teatro San Cassiano Group

Stefano Patuzzi is a musicologist who has published on Italian music and culture in the late Renaissance, the early Baroque period, and the Counter-reformation, including vocal music editions of the same period. His reputation for qualitative dedicated archival research will not only deliver the intellectual integrity on which the Teatro San Cassiano can be founded, but his extensive experience in management, teaching and public speaking makes him an ideal first Director of Research.

Prof Andrea Marcon

Artistic Director
Teatro San Cassiano Srl

PROF ANDREA MARCON
Artistic Director
Teatro San Cassiano Srl

Andrea Marcon is a world-renowned specialist in Historically Informed Performance, especially within the genre of Baroque opera, and a professor at the world-leading Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Andrea’s appointment as our first Artistic Director effectively ensures from the outset that we will deliver our aim of staging the highest quality performances of drammi per musica worldwide. Moreover, as a native of Veneto, he knows more than most the value of bringing Baroque opera home to Venice.

Riccardo Giannelli Viscardi

Venice Director
Teatro San Cassiano Srl

RICCARDO GIANNELLI VISCARDI
Venice Director
Teatro San Cassiano Srl

Riccardo Giannelli Viscardi is a founding member of an international mergers and acquisitions company. He is an entrepreneur who has successfully founded, developed and sold a succession of companies. As a management consultant, he has served in several multinationals, focusing on business strategies and development. He has an IB in Economics from Oxford. As a Venetian, and descendant of a renowned Venetian family, revered for its contribution to the economic and cultural development of the city, Riccardo believes this project will restore Venice to the centre of the Baroque opera world.

Consiglieri

Our slimline management strategy avoids large committees. Instead, we are building a network of informal trusted advisors, whom we call ‘consiglieri’. Our consiglieri are free of legal responsibility or liability, so that they can advise with impunity as experts in their specialised fields and leave the commercial operation to us. We are proud to have so many great names support this project.

Prof LORENZO BIANCONI

Professore emerito
Università di Bologna

Prof LORENZO BIANCONI
Professore emerito
Università di Bologna

Honorary Consigliere – Seventeenth-century opera

Lorenzo Bianconi earned his PhD in Heidelberg and taught Musical Dramaturgy at the University of Bologna from 1977 to 2016. Throughout his life, he has dedicated himself to the music of the ‘Seicento’, the history of opera and librettos. He is the author of Music in the Seventeenth Century (CUP, 1987). He works on Händel, Rossini, Verdi and has also devoted himself to musical iconography (catalogue of the portraits in the Museo della Musica in Bologna: Olschki, 2018) as well as to music education. Since 2012, he has co-directed the Dizionario biografico degli Italiani (Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana) and the edition of the operas by Francesco Cavalli (Bärenreiter). He has directed Acta musicologica and founded the journal Il Saggiatore musicale (Olschki, 1994 onwards). A recipient of the Dent Medal of the Royal Musical Association (1983), he is corresponding member of the American Musicological Society (1995), of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2015) and of the Accademia nazionale dei Lincei (2017).

Francesco Fanna

Director
Istituto Italiano Antonio Vivaldi
Fondazione Giorgio Cini di Venezia

Francesco Fanna
Director
​Istituto Italiano Antonio Vivaldi
della Fondazione Giorgio Cini di Venezia

Antonio Vivaldi and Eighteenth-century opera

Francesco Fanna graduated in Musical Philology from the Università Ca’ Foscari of Venice, and studied violin, composition, choral conducting and conducting. He has conducted opera around the world and has directed and/or collaborated with the “Orchestra Filomusica”, the “Nuova Polifonica Ambrosiana”, the Orchestra “Guido Cantelli”, and the “Compagnia per la musica sacra”, all of Milan, as well as with the “Concerts of the Terme di Sirmione”. He was artistic consultant for the Nuova Fonit Cetra record company of Rai. Since 1997, he has been the Director of the Istituto Italiano Antonio Vivaldi of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, which, founded in 1947, has published all the instrumental and vocal music of Antonio Vivaldi and, in recent years, has dedicated himself to the institute’s critical editions of Vivaldi’s drammi per musica.

Giovanni Giol

President
Conservatorio di Musica "Benedetto Marcello" di Venezia

GIOVANNI GIOL
President
Conservatorio di Musica
"Benedetto Marcello" di Venezia

Venice

Giovanni Giol has a degree in Political Science and has a proven record of delivering successful businesses in the Veneto. Moreover, as a resident of Venice and President of the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory of Music, Giovanni is uniquely placed to advise on how our project can deliver long-term sustainable academic, musical and cultural growth for the benefit of musicians, students, the Venetian people and Venice itself.

Neil Constable

Chief Executive
Shakespeare’s Globe, London

NEIL CONSTABLE
Chief Executive
Shakespeare’s Globe, London

Theatre Special Advisor

Neil Constable has been Chief Executive of Shakespeare’s Globe since October 2010. In 2017 Neil was named alongside the Globe’s Artistic Director, as the joint 10th most influential people working in theatre and the performing arts in The Stage’s Top 100. He was the Project Champion in leading the development and completion of the Globe’s indoor candlelit Jacobean theatre, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, which successfully opened to audiences in 2014, and which offers such an exemplary model to the Teatro San Cassiano we are building.

Prof FRANCO ROSSI

Director (Retired)
Conservatorio di Musica
"Benedetto Marcello" di Venezia

PROF FRANCO ROSSI
Director (Retired)
Conservatorio di Musica
"Benedetto Marcello" di Venezia

Venetian opera and music

In an illustrious career, Franco Rossi served as Director of both the Conservatorio and the Fondazione Levi library among other significant academic posts. As Scientific Director of the historical archive of Teatro La Fenice (for whom he remains a consultant), it was his intervention to deposit the archive away from the theatre that saved it from the devastating fire of 1996. As a musicologist, he has published many seminal catalogues spanning the history of Venetian music, including volumes on Legrenzi, Albinoni and Galuppi, and chronologies of the Teatro La Fenice and Teatro di San Benedetto. His work has resulted in a number of lost operas being restaged in Venice. In June 2018, he was awarded the honour of Cavaliere al Merito of the Italian Republic.

John Millerchip

Trustee
Venice in Peril, Venice

JOHN MILLERCHIP
Trustee, Venice in Peril

Venice

Teacher, translator, Trustee of The Venice in Peril Fund, John Millerchip has worked in Venice since 1970. As the former Secretary of the Association of International Private Committees for the Safeguarding of Venice, John had responsibility for coordinating restoration and other projects, and maintaining relations between public authorities, UNESCO, Private Committees, beneficiaries and restorers. His knowledge of how Venice works has been invaluable to the project.

Prof JANE GLOVER, CBE

Felix Mendelssohn Emeritus Professor of Music
Royal Academy of Music, London

PROF JANE GLOVER, CBE
Felix Mendelssohn Emeritus Professor of Music
Royal Academy of Music, London

Early Venetian opera and Historically Informed Performance

Before embarking on her lifetime career as a conductor in opera houses and concert halls throughout the world, Jane Glover's postgraduate studies were largely spent in Venice, and led to her doctoral thesis ("The Teatro Sant' Apollinare and the Development of Seventeenth-century Venetian Opera", Oxford 1976), her first book, Cavalli (1978), and her own edition performances of several Venetian operas (Monteverdi's Ulisse and Poppea, Cavalli's Rosinda, Eritrea, Didone, Giasone and Eliogabalo). Jane is the author of Mozart's Women (2005) and Handel in London (2018).

PROF ELLEN ROSAND

George A. Saden Professor of Music Emerita
Yale University

PROF ELLEN ROSAND
George A. Saden Professor of Music Emerita
Yale University

Early Venetian opera

An esteemed specialist in the music of seventeenth-century Venice, primarily opera, Ellen Rosand is the author of Opera in Seventeenth-Century Venice: The Creation of a Genre (1991) and Monteverdi’s Last Operas: A Venetian Trilogy (2007), and the editor of Readying Cavalli’s Operas for the Stage (Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2013). She is also the General Editor of Cavalli Opere, a critical edition of the operas of Francesco Cavalli in fourteen volumes (Baerenreiter Verlag) and founded the Yale Baroque Opera Project in 2006. Ellen taught at Yale from 1992-2014.

Prof TIM CARTER

David G. Frey Distinguished Professor
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

PROF TIM CARTER
David G. Frey Distinguished Professor
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Early Italian opera and Historically Informed Performance

Tim Carter is an author of books on Monteverdi's dramatic works, Italian opera, and American musical theatre. One of his current projects involves a precise reconstruction from archival and similar sources of the staging and sets of the first opera to survive complete, Jacopo Peri's Euridice (Florence, 1600). He is particularly interested in stagecraft in all its senses, and the various consequences of Historically Informed Performance.

Prof MARCO BIZZARINI

Full Professor of Musicology
Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II

PROF MARCO BIZZARINI
Full Professor of Musicology
Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II

Vivaldi and Italian opera

Marco Bizzarini is a member of the Accademia Ambrosiana (Milan) and the Ateneo di Scienze, Lettere e Arti di Brescia and a member of the steering committee of the international research group Tradimus of the Fondazione Levi (Venice). He specialises in the Italian madrigal, cantata and opera of the 17th and 18th centuries. For Venetian Settecento, he has written on Benedetto Marcello, edited Vivaldi's operas La fida ninfa and La Griselda, and studied drammi per musica by Zeno and Goldoni. His contributions are internationally disseminated and published by Ashgate, Ricordi, Oxford University Press, and University of California Press.

Prof BETH GLIXON

Instructor
University of Kentucky, School of Fine Arts

Prof BETH GLIXON 
Instructor
University of Kentucky, School of Fine Arts 

Venetian opera production

Beth Glixon is the co-author, with Jonathan Glixon, of Inventing the Business of Opera: The Impresario and His World in Mid-Seventeenth-Century Venice. She was also one of the co-editors of the Baerenreiter edition of Francesco Cavalli’s opera Erismena (1655). She has written articles on a number of seventeenth-century and early eighteenth-century singers including Anna Renzi, Silvia Manni, Giulia Masotti, Caterina Porri, Barbara Strozzi, and Vittoria Tarquini, as well as on opera composers Francesco Cavalli, Francesco Lucio, and Antonio Vivaldi. She was co-editor of the two-volume set Word, Image, and Song.

Prof JONATHAN GLIXON

Provost's Distinguished Service Professor
University of Kentucky, School of Fine Arts

ENG Prof JONATHAN GLIXON
Provost's Distinguished Service Professor
University of Kentucky, School of Fine Arts 

Venetian opera production

Jonathan Glixon is a Professor of Musicology at the University of Kentucky. His books on Venetian music are Honoring God and the City: Music at the Venetian Confraternities, 1260-1807, Mirrors of Heaven or Worldly Theaters? Venetian Nunneries and Their Music, and, co-authored with Beth Glixon, Inventing the Business of Opera: The Impresario and His World in Mid-Seventeenth-Century Venice. He is also one of the co-editors of the Baerenreiter edition of Francesco Cavalli’s opera Erismena (1655). He is currently studying the soundscape of early modern Venice.

Dr CHRISTINE JEANNERET

HMQ Margrethe II’s Distinguished Fellow
Carlsberg Foundation, Copenhagen

Dr CHRISTINE JEANNERET
HMQ Margrethe II’s Distinguished Fellow
Carlsberg Foundation, Copenhagen

Italian opera and performance practice

Christine Jeanneret works as a musicologist between the Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark, and the Centre de Recherche du Château de Versailles. Her research focuses on early modern music, especially Italian opera, performance practice, the body on stage, cultural exchange, gender studies and practice-based research in collaboration with performers. Her PhD was on Frescobaldi’s manuscripts (now published by Olschki). She has been an associate researcher for the Yale Baroque Opera Project and a Fellow at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University. She has published articles on opera, gender studies, the Roman cantata, music and migration, keyboard music and the late madrigals. She is currently writing a book, Eloquent Bodies: Expressing the Passions on the Early Modern Operatic Stage in Florence.

Prof CRISTIANO CONTADIN

Musician (Viola da Gamba) and Teacher
Conservatorio di Musica
"Benedetto Marcello" di Venezia

PROF CRISTIANO CONTADIN
Musician (Viola da Gamba) and Teacher
Conservatorio di Musica "Benedetto Marcello" di Venezia

Early Italian opera and Historically Informed Performance

Cristiano Contadin has performed as a soloist and a continuist with ensembles in Italy and abroad, including I Barocchisti, Akademie für Alte Musik in Berlin, La Venexiana, and many more. He has several awards including the Diapason d'Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, and Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik. He is dedicated both to research activities linked to the executive practice of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and to the execution of contemporary works. He is founder and director of Opera Prima Ensemble.

PROF LAMBERTO TRONCHIN

Professore associato
Dipartimento di Architettura
Università di Bologna

PROF LAMBERTO TRONCHIN
Professore associato
Dipartimento di Architettura
Università di Bologna

Lamberto Tronchin earned his PhD on Room Acoustics from the University of Bologna, where he now teaches Musical and Room Acoustics. His measurement of the acoustics of La Fenice just two months before it burned down in 1996 has created a valuable and historic record that would otherwise have been lost to the world. His studies include the acoustic thinking of 17th- and 18th-century scientists (Kircher and Milizia). He is member of the steering committee on a number of international congresses where he has given several plenary lectures. He also works as acoustic consultant for opera houses and concert halls, including the new Teatro Galli in Rimini. He is the inventor of a patent about non-linear emulation of musical instruments, and he has invented a new acoustic parameter, IAR.

TOM KIVLEHAN

Indirect Tax & International Partner 
BDO, London

TOM KIVLEHAN
Indirect Tax & International Partner
BDO, London

Corporate, Audit and Ethics

Tom Kivlehan is a senior tax partner in a large global accounting firm. He has over 30 years’ experience advising global businesses on their commercial and tax issues, involving projects in over 70 countries. Tom has supported a large number of charitable organisations with various activities including performing arts and the development of major sites.

NADIM ZAMAN

Consultant Solicitor
Keystone Law, London

NADIM ZAMAN
Consultant Solicitor
Keystone Law, London

Corporate, Audit and Ethics

Nadim Zaman is a Corporate Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions specialist. He has over 15 years of experience acting for high growth companies, management teams, private equity houses and institutional investors. Nadim advises Teatro San Cassiano on all its corporate law matters and has worked with founder Paul Atkin since 2014. Keystone Law is recognised as a Top 100 international law firm and one of three to be listed on AIM, with over 270 partner-level lawyers.

PAOLO TREVISANATO

Managing Partner 
Andersen Tax & Legal, Venice

PAOLO TREVISANATO
Managing Partner,
Andersen Tax & Legal, Venice

Corporate, Audit and Ethics

Paolo Trevisanato is a Chartered Accountant, specialising in complex corporate structures, particularly those with international interests or ramifications. He has significant experience working with profit and non-profit organisations in the cultural sector. His specific skills range from tax planning to advice on extraordinary transactions, and from corporate compliance to due diligence. Paolo is a Venetian, who lives and works in Venice. Andersen Tax & Legal is an independent tax and legal firm with a worldwide presence through the member firms and collaborating firms of Andersen Global.

Architects and build team

We believe we have identified the best architects and technicians in the three key areas of the build: Theatre reconstruction, Baroque stage machinery and scene-set restoration, and Theatre build in Venice. They are:

JON GREENFIELD

Reconstruction Architect, Director
Hamson Smith Barron, London

JON GREENFIELD
Reconstruction Architect, Director
Hamson Smith Barron, London

Theatre reconstruction

Jon Greenfield has been responsible for a number of scholarly building reconstructions, most notably Shakespeare’s Globe of 1600, for which he took the architectural lead from 1994, and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, a candle-lit re-imagining of Jacobean Private Playhouse. He remains a Research Fellow at Shakespeare’s Globe. Jon has also advised on reconstructions of the 1592 Rose Theatre and Inigo Jones’ 1630 Cockpit in Court, and for reconstruction projects in Brazil and the USA.

Dr PAVEL SLAVKO

Baroque Stage restoration, Castle Director
National Heritage Institute, Český Krumlov

DR PAVEL SLAVKO
Baroque Stage restoration, Castle Director
National Heritage Institute, Český Krumlov

Stage reconstruction

Pavel Slavko earned his PhD at the Masaryk University in Brno (Deparment of Art History) in 1981, specialising in architecture of the 17th and 18th centuries. In 1992 he became the founding member of the Baroque Theatre Foundation of Český Krumlov Castle and Managing Director of the Foundation. His primary focus is on the complete restoration, preservation, cultural and historical renewal and utilisation of the state castle complex in Český Krumlov, which was included in the the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1992. Since the early 1990s he has led the rescue, renovation, and revitalization of the Baroque Castle theatre (1766), wherein he was personally responsible for the restoration of the stage, the stage machinery and scenery. His particular interests lie in the research and experimental verification of the principles of Baroque theatre practices.

EUGENIO TRANQUILLI

Engineer, Proprietor
Equilibri Srl, Venice

EUGENIO TRANQUILLI
Engineer, Proprietor 
Equilibri Srl, Venice

Project coordinator

Eugenio Tranquilli graduated in Civil Engineering from Padua University. After working in Italy and abroad (notably Japan), he held (from 1986 to 2005) the position of Manager at the Benetton Group SpA, where he coordinated multiple major construction projects in close collaboration with the architects Afra and Tobia Scarpa, and Tadao Ando. In 2005, he founded his own practice, Equilibri Srl, continuing to collaborate with Tadao Ando as general coordinator of a number of significant projects in Venice, including the Punta della Dogana, the Palazzo Grassi, and Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi, and the Villa di Jano in Bologna.

GIOVANNI RUBIN DE CERVIN ALBRIZZI

Architect
Studio GRCA, Venice

GIOVANNI RUBIN DE CERVIN ALBRIZZI
Architect
Studio GRCA, Venice

Project coordinator

A Venetian by birth, Giovanni Rubin de Cervin Albrizzi is the son of the renowned composer Ernesto Rubin de Cervin Albrizzi. After graduating in Milan, Giovanni opened his own studio in Venice in 2000, where he specialises in the restoration of Venetian palazzi (both residential and commercial). He has a sensibility to historical Venetian architecture that has already proved invaluable to the project. He currently works on projects in Venice, in the Veneto, and Lake Como. Giovanni still plays rugby and enjoys rowing, standing in the Venetian style, naturally.

Elisabetta Fabbri

Historic theatres architect
Proprietor, Studio di Architettura
Elisabetta Fabbri, Venice

ELISABETTA FABBRI
Historic theatres architect
Proprietor, Studio di Architettura
Elisabetta Fabbri, Venice

Theatre reconstruction

Elisabetta Fabbri specialises in the conservation and enhancement of cultural heritage. Appointed Commendatore by the President of the Republic in 2005 for the restoration of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, and formerly awarded a medal from the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Our Europe Awards 2006, she works in the field of historical and artistic buildings. An ICOMOS member since 2016, she has focused on restoration, renovation, and functional adaptation of historical heritage, especially with regard theatres, museums and libraries. Elisabetta has worked on the restoration of the great Italian opera houses including Gran Teatro La Fenice, Teatro alla Scala, Teatro San Carlo, Teatro Comunale of L'Aquila and more.

She was Commissario Delegato of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers of Government for the construction of the new opera house and for the restoration of the Uffizi museum, Florence. She has published works on La Fenice, La Scala and San Carlo.

Dr ROBERTA PELLEGRITI

Architect
Studio Associato di Architettura
Fabio e Roberta Pellegriti, Venice

DR ROBERTA PELLEGRITI
Architect
Studio Associato di Architettura
Fabio e Roberta Pellegriti, Venice

Architectural historian

Roberta Pellegriti studied Architecture at IUAV (Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia) and subsequently obtained doctorates in ‘The History of Architecture and City Planning’ and ‘The Conservation of Monuments’. The winner of various prestigious scholarships, Roberta has collaborated since 1991 with a number of Italian and foreign research institutes. In 2003, she founded ‘Pellegriti Associated Studio of Architecture’. Roberta’s great experience in and knowledge of the Venetian archives has taken our research into the Teatro San Cassiano onto unprecented levels, the rewards of which we are still only beginning to assimilate.

PETER McCURDY

"Historical Builder"
Managing Director
McCurdy & Co, Reading

PETER McCURDY
Historical Builder
Managing Director
McCurdy & Co, Reading

Historical builder

Since the 1970’s, Peter McCurdy has specialised in the study and conservation of Historic Timber Buildings. His projects have included the creation of a large number of reconstructions of diverse historic timber buildings, structures and joinery. These timber reconstructions have included Roman structures, various buildings from medieval to the industrial period, buildings in Museums, a traditional Japanese house and reconstructions in the USA and Istanbul. With his understanding and knowledge of historic timber design and working practice, Peter’s likens his role to that of a traditional Master Craftsman. Peter has undertaken design and research for a number of historic theatre reconstruction projects. He is probably best known for his reconstructions of the iconic Shakespeare’s Globe theatre and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in Southwark, London.

PROF MARTIN WHITE

Emeritus Professor of Theatre
University of Bristol 
Theatre Associate
Shakespeare's Globe, London

PROF MARTIN WHITE
Emeritus Professor of Theatre
University of Bristol
Theatre Associate
Shakespeare's Globe, London 

Historic lighting and theatre practice

Martin White was formerly Foundation Chair of Drama at the University of Bristol. He is a General Editor of the Revels Plays, a Senior Research Fellow and Theatre Associate of Shakespeare’s Globe and works regularly as a consultant to the RSC. His research focuses on early modern commercial English drama (especially neglected plays from the period) and theatre practice. He has published numerous books and critical editions, and has directed scores of plays at Bristol. His interactive DVD, The Chamber of Demonstrations: reconstructing the Jacobean Indoor Playhouse (Ignition Films, 2009) was instrumental in the Globe’s decision to light the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse entirely with live candles – a system he created and has written about in his 2014 essay ‘Light and darkness in the Indoor Jacobean Theatre’. He has since played a major role in the playhouse’s general development, especially its decorative scheme.