Angela Buscemi costume designer

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The Scenographer  launches a new series celebrating the art of sketching for costume design. We showcase an exceptional collection of character-specific drawings for theatre performance, of studies in line drawings and painted figures for the creation of theatrical costumes. These designs are the foundation of any staged performance, skillful figure drawings sketched by great costume designers for feature film and opera productions.
The first volume features costume design drawings by highly talented costume designer Angela Buscemi. Designing costumes for theatre and film, Ms. Buscemi began her career early, working on the staging of countless opera productions. She has created garments for a number of musicals while in 2001, with My Fair Lady she received a nomination for Best Costume Design at the  IMTA Italian Musical Theatre Awards.
Ms. Buscemi herself provides a glimpse of what to expect in this new editorial initiative; “Every costume sketch tells a story of how the character in an opera is born. And the costume has to externalise their identity: the essence of the soul. It isn’t just the initial process of build, each drawing finds within itself the resolution as  “pure expression”; it can be considered an “objet d’art”. The creative act has yet to encounter the problems associated with the physical build and the performance of a costume. In the expression lives the impression, the suggestion of all that has yet to “become” resonates.
Directing, set design, costumes, everything  moves in the same direction, in perfect harmony.  In the search for a fresh angle and in the network of ideas, narration undergoes a process of deconstruction and reconstruction. Each time, the inspiration that  drives takes a different, unpredictable turn.

 


Marie Galante

by Joseph Rochlitz

Given the opportunity to stage Kurt Weill’s Marie Galante at the Rome Opera in 2007, the first full revival since the original production in Paris in 1934, I was very lucky to have someone as talented and imaginative as Angela Buscemi creating the costumes. We decided to situate the story in the 1920s, as written, but to reimagine the characters as though they had been evoked in a dream by our protagonist, Marie Galante. With these guidelines, Angela set free her imagination and produced a series of wonderful sketches: dancers in a seedy saloon bedecked in dazzling ostrich feathers, breathtaking outfits for our leading lady, supremely elegant and character-defining suits for our leading men, expressive and immediately communicative costumes for our secondary roles. Angela has that rare ability to have a clear image of the big picture, making all her costumes part of a coherent whole, while at the same time paying the greatest attention to details and so achieving both beauty and truth in her work. Looking back a few years later at photos of her costumes for Marie Galante, I am again filled with the delight and enthusiasm I felt when I first saw them, and cannot wait for the next opportunity to work with her!

Don Carlo

by Giorgio Barberio Corsetti

 

Ho lavorato con Angela su molti progetti Opere comiche ed opere tragiche, situazioni e storie di tutti i tipi. E con Cristian Taraborrelli, suo compagno di vita e di avventure artistiche. Angela ha una incredibile capacità di leggere le situazioni, i personaggi, le epoche , e da tutti questi dati ricava delle idee raffinatissime ed originali. Ha una grande ricchezza di invenzione, al di là della filologia e della storiografia…
Io ho la tendenza spesso, non sempre, a spostare i costumi verso il contemporaneo, penso che lo spettacolo avviene sempre “ora” , e quindi il punto di vista sull opera parte da noi come siamo ora…ma questo noi come siamo ora è sempre frutto di una invenzione, non esiste una oggettività, se non ci si vuole affidare ad un realismo sciatto…ed Angela molte volte è riuscita a trasformare questo ora in un vivido sogno.
In fondo Caravaggio in tutti i suoi quadri vestiva i suoi personaggi in panni moderni, della sua epoca, anche le Giuditte o i San Matteo…
Angela riesce ad avere sempre una qualità visionaria, interpreta la visione della regia, e poi attraverso le forme e la delicatissima commistione dei colori restituisce delle immagini raffinate poetiche, che colgono lo spirito dei personaggi, e nell’insieme formano dei bellissimi quadri.

Don Carlo

Elizabeth I

Rodrigo