Speakers

Andrea Andermann, Director and producer
“La Traviata à Paris” Z.Mehta – E.Gvazava – J.Cura – R.Panerai – directed by G.Patroni Griffi. Director of photography: Vittorio Storaro. A film live broadcast in 125 countries in 5 continents. (4 Emmy Awards for “Best Musical of the year program in the USA”, Prix Italy “Best of the World Programme for the Performing Arts”).
“Tosca nei luoghi e nelle ore di Tosca” Z.Mehta – P.Domingo – C.Malfitano – R.Raimondi. Directed by G.Patroni Griffi. Director of photography: Vittorio Storaro. A film live broadcast in 107 countries in 5 continents. (3 Emmy Awards, “Event of the Year” for the Classical Music Awards. “Best Television Program World” BAFTA)

Ruth Bottigheimer, Stony Brook University, New York
Ruth B. Bottigheimer teaches courses on European fairy tales and British children’s literature and also directs independent studies in the same fields. Her work crosses disciplinary boundaries, contextualizing genres in their socio-historical cultures of origin, assessing them in terms of publishing history parameters, and utilizing linguistics in discourse analysis. Her languages of research are English, German, and French, occasionally Italian and Spanish. She maintains a continuing interest in the history of illustration and its shifting iconography, as well as in children’s religious socialization through the use of edited Bible narratives. In conjunction with these areas, she has taught, and continues to teach, seminars in England, Portugal, Germany, and Austria. Her ongoing research includes the history of early British children’s literature; the seventeenth-century Port-Royalist Nicolas Fontaine; and a new history of fairy tales.

Bernhard Lauer, Brothers Grimm Museum in Kassel

Bernhard Lauer is presently the Director of the Brothers Grimm Museum in Kassel as well as the Curator and manager of the Brothers Grimm Association. He studied Romance and Slavic philology at the Universities of Marburg, Giessen, Moscow, Belgrade and Bucharest. He then received his PhD upon discussing a dissertation  on the Russian Symbolist poet Fyodor Sologub. As an Assistant Professor at the Philipps-Universität Marburg and a member collaborator of the Association 200 Jahre Brüder Grimm, Bernard Lauer set up a number  of exhibitions, publications and projects centered upon the bicentennial of the birth of the Brothers Grimm’s birth. Since 1989 he is director of Brüder Grimm Museum in Kassel. He has contributed to numerous international exhibitions and activities on the Brothers Grimm. Under his direction, the original copies of Kinder-und Hausmarchen have been  were declared UNESCO documentary heritage of humanity and the Bellevue Palace, which houses the museum was restored. He has published,  Bernard Lauer has also edited the Critical Edition of the Brothers Grimm’s Complete Works and Letters  in collaboration  with the Kasseler Ausgabe the critical edition of the works and of the letters of the Brothers Grimm. In addition he He is also the author and editor of numerous scholarly and popular publications on the Brothers Grimm. In 2005 he founded the publishing house Neue Kritische Wälder Publishing House

Francesco Reggiani, Sergio La Stella, Opera House in Rome

Francesco Reggiani. Presently  Head of the Historical and Audiovisual Archive of Rome Opera House. He made his debut  as a director in 1975. In 1977 he was appointed Assistant Director  of Rome Opera House, of which he later became  Stage Director  as well as the Head of External theatrical activities. From 1990 to 1994 he was appointed Intendant of the Opera House; later as a result of a general refurbishment of the theatre, Francesco Reggiani was given the direction of the Historical and Audiovisual  Archive of the Opera House, a position he still holds. Over the years Mr Reggiani has organized several exhibitions of the Opera Art in many cities including Rome, Valencia, Parma, Brescia, Bratislava, Beirut, Sao Paulo Brazil, Seoul, Mexico City, Algiers, Tunis, Rabat. He is also the author of books on theatre history, among which The Opera: A History Through Images Within and Beyond the Stage 1880-2005. Since 2005 he has been a Member of the Board of Directors of the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto.

Sergio La Stella, pianist and conductor, made his debut with the Opera House in Rome performing Manon Lescaut in 1994. In 1995 he became internationally known with La Traviata and Aida at the Kirov Theater in St. Petersburg; later he conducted the Wuttembergishe  Philharmonic Orchestra during a tour with Ruggero Raimondi. He was also a guest of the Festival Grange Park Opera in London, of the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, and of the Scottish Opera in Glasgow. He is presently the ‘Maestro di Sala’ at the Opera in Rome, where he also directed numerous ballets. In recent years Sergio La Stella  he has been the music director of stage in productions directed by Riccardo Muti: Othello, Iphigenie en Aulis, and Moise et Pharaon. In 2008 he became music coordinator and pianist for “Toccata and Fugue”, in a series of concerts celebrating the historic squares of Rome, which he performed in Tokyo, New York and Shanghai.