Francesco Vitali graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in set design in 1996 with the highest votes. In 1994 and 1995 he studied in California at San Francisco State University in the faculty of theater arts, working as set designer for several prose productions.

In 1997, while working as light designer and photographer in New York City and San Francisco for the drama theatre show Sept, from Les Sept Princesses by M. Maeterlinck, promoted by the Municipality of Milan, with the adaptation and direction of Claudia Botta, he started a successful career that led him to work in several productions with different directors.

In 2000 he won an open competition as set designer realizer, organized by the European Union and the Teatro Massimo of Palermo Foundation; he then worked as a set designer for some productions of musical theater.

In 2002 he won the award for the best photography director at Meeting Italian Independent Record Labels, for the music video clip Humanoid by Puntog Blu.

In the same period, he also began his long collaboration with the director Federica Santambrogio and director and coreographer Deda Cristina Colonna for some operas and drama theatre as a lights and stage designer.

His collaboration with Mrs Colonna includes also a theatrical performance “Voluptas dolendi i gesti del Caravaggio” (2002/2006) (2002/2006) and the ArtFILM based on same theatrical performnce of which he was the film director and director of photography. The ArtFilm “Voluptas dolendi i gesti del Caravaggio””, produced in 2007 and published in 2010 by Marco Fodella Foundation, it is still projected all over the world, and was broadcast in SKY CLASSICA HD TV channels from 2010 till 2018.

His collaboration with Mrs Colonna includes also the opera Armide, by Jean-Baptiste Lully, staged from 2015 to 2017 in Austria, Germany and finally in Poland at Warsawska Opera Kameralna, where it was broadcasted on TVP Kultura in 2017 and it will broadcast in 2018 for the first time as the first ever opera in the Polish State television TVP1.

In 2017 he wrote, directed and produced a documentary film entitled “Villa Visconti Borromeo Litta, quattro secoli di storia, un viaggio nel tempo tra arte delizie e giochi d’acqua”. Sponsored by the Ministry of Heritage and Cultural Activities, it will be screend in Italy and all over the world in 2018, it was published also on DVD from Associazione Amici di Villa litta, and and it will be broadcast on SKY ARTE HD from 2019 and on some other television channels abroad.

Foto: Barbara Deromedis