Monica Manganelli, born in Parma (1977) is a scenographer-creative stage designer, visual artist and vfx-art director.
She studied Architecture at the Institute of Art “Paolo Toschi” (Bachelor in Architecture). In 2002 she graduated from the Parma University with an Academic Degree in Conservation of Cultural Heritage (Scenic Art, Art History and Architecture’s Specialisation). She followed an additional year specializing with a Postgraduate Academic Degree in “Theater’s Set Design ” at the Teatro Regio Parma and a Master in “Cad Design e Computer Graphics in Reggio Emilia (2002-2003).
She spent her early career to work as Set/Stage Designer and Concept/Visual Artist for many productions since 2001 to 2011 in the Lyric Opera House in Italy and Europe: Theatre Marijnski- St. Petersburg, Theatre Regio Turin, Theatre la Fenice – Venice , Theatre Comunale Bologna, Operà Royal de Wallonie, Theatre Comunale Piacenza, Rome Opera House, with Directors Luca Ronconi, Davide Livermore, Walter Le Moli, Rosetta Cucchi, Alfonso Antoniozzi.
Then she moved to work into Movie Production and begin to collaborate on different projects (commercial spot, movies, animation short) for creating virtual set design and look, where she put together both vfx and art departmental skills. One of her past important work for a production movie has been Cloud Atlas by Wachowski Brothers at the Babelsberg Studios in Berlin.
She signed at the Beijing Music Festival (2013) the Virtual multimedia Set Design on some Lyric Opera for the Verdi’s Festival celebration ( Traviata, Rigoletto, Trovatore and Opening Ceremony).
She also collaborated as Scenographer for fashion show (Paris, New York, Milan, 2012-2013) with Villa Eugenie (Bruxelles) and Sivestrin (Milan) . Credits: Dior, Y3, Condenast-Vogue, Borbonese, Meissen.
Last year she collaborated with Event Creative Director Marco Balich and his creative team for event show around the world.
Now she is focusing on projects regarding creative and artistic direction in cinema, lyric opera house and fashion & event show.
She will sign as director her first short animation movie: The BALLAD of the HOMELESS ( La Ballata dei SenzaTetto – 2015) with the co-production of EmiliaRomagna Film Commission and her first documentary mixed with animation WHEN THE DREAM COME TRUE: FONTANA SISTERS.
Also she is preparing the scenography-stage design for some Lyric Opersa for the next season 2015-2016-2017 and she’ll sign: “Roberto Devereux”, “Maria Stuarda” and “Anna Bolena” at Carlo Felice Genova and La Fenice-Venezia, AIDA, a full videoscenography virtual set design for opera House teatro Morlacchi, Perugia.
Virtual Set Design For Beijing Music Festival (2013) – Rigoletto (Verdi)