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Biography of the Alberto Verso

Italian costume and stage designer (Messina 1941 – Rome 2007). He enjoyed great success within the theatre, movie and tv scene, both in Italy and abroad; he attended the Arts High School in Reggio Calabria and, after moving to Rome, he studied at the College of Architecture. He had his first debut in 1965, when he designed both sets and costumes for La Mandragola, staged by the Peppino De Filippo Company; he worked as an assistant to Maurizio Monteverde in many prose, opera and tv performances, and, at the same time, he worked alongside other great costume designers such as Maria De Matteis in Waterloo (1970), Eugenio Guglielminetti in Orfeo in paradiso (1971) and Ezio Frigerio in the opera Wozzeck (1979), directed by L. Cavani and staged for the 42nd Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Thanks to a partnership with costume designer Piero Tosi, he gave his contribution to many productions, which were crucial to his success, such as Il portiere di notte (1974), Al di là del bene e del male (1977), La pelle (1981) and Oltre la porta (1982) by L. Cavani; L’innocente (1976) by L. Visconti; Per le antiche scale (1975) and La storia vera della signora delle camelie (1981) by M. Bolognini; Il malato immaginario (1979) by T. Cervi. He partnered up with director W. Pagliaro for many theatre performances, while as far as television is concerned, he worked in the production of tv dramas La pietra di luna (1972) and I due prigionieri (1985) by A.G. Majano; Il segreto del Sahara (1988) and I guardiani del cielo (1999) by A. Negrin; La romana(1988) by G. Patroni Griffi; Il grande Fausto (1995) and Il furto del tesoro (2000) by A. Sironi. A few contributions to the film industry, which are worth mentioning, are: Interno berlinese (1985) and Il gioco di Ripley (2003) by L. Cavani (specifically, he designed Chiara Caselli’s costumes), Rebus (2003) by M. Guglielmi, Mio caro dottor Gräsler (1990) by R. Faenza (co-designed with costume designer Milena Canonero), L’Avaro (1990) by T. Cervi, La tregua (1997) by F. Rosi, Vipera (2001) by S. Citti.