Gloria Bruni composed the opera “Pinocchio” with a libretto by Ursel Scheffler, a well-known German children’s author.
“Pinocchio” is an opera for beginners of all ages who are invited to make their first steps into the fascinating world of opera. After a first series of easy introductory arias, listening becomes increasingly challenging until the listener is fully immersed in a real opera with orchestra and choir.
The opera was first performed in Hamburg, in the Laeiszhalle, in 2008. After participating in the Eutin Summer Festival, “Pinocchio” was translated into Italian, adapted by Lauro Ferrarini, and produced at the Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, which staged it in February 2013. The performances were well received by audiences.
In February 2015, the Teatro Regio di Parma decided to stage a production of Pinocchio with several performances, again to great acclaim. The opera was also staged at the Institute of Italian Culture in London for the “Italian Language Week in the World”. This performance of “Pinocchio” took place under the Patronage of the President of Italy, with the support of the Carlo Collodi Foundation, with a set specially designed for the occasion.
“Pinocchio” was repeated with a new set in Hamburg, in the Laeiszhalle, in 2016.
A kind of world première was subsequently staged on 19 December 2020 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Minsk. In fact, Gloria Bruni created additional music and new scenes, especially composed for the Belarusian version of the story of the well-known puppet, which has been considerably expanded and now reaches two acts.
Pinocchio was also premiered in French at the Opéra de Lausanne in Switzerland from 31 March 2023 through 9 April 2023, while the Spanish-language premiere will take place in Chile at the Teatro del Lago, in Frutillar, and is scheduled for November 2023.