Carla Zanin



Carla Zanin is an opera director, lecturer and researcher in E.U. Horizon project CAPHE, manager in Erasmus + projects, communication and digital skills teacher, festival’s artistic director. Thanks to her activity as cultural creative, she creates new concepts for the Digital Transition in the Musical Theater and Classical Music, including Virtual Stage, In Media Stat Virtus and Metamorphoses which are funded by E.U. program Erasmus + strategic partnerships for Higher Education and Vocational Training, Hybrid Opera Performance and Meta Opera System; she conceives innovative projects “site specific” that combine music, poetry, theatre, dance, visual arts and VR / digital systems in an ideal excursus between Philology and Technology and integrating different cultures and traditions. Among the latest Opera directions and multimedia projects: Dante, Orfeo and the khthónios Journey (Florence Chiostro Grande di Santa Maria Novella, June 2021) Dante meets Francesco (Florence Basilica di Santa Croce, October 2021), Οδυσσέας, a story of revenge and power (Florence Chiostro grande di Santa Maria Novella June 2022), Ομηρος, Dante & Bob Dylan: Music and Poetry through the millennia (Greece, September 2022), Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart (Italy, Puglia November 2022), Lwanda, Orpheus and the khthónios Journey (Kenya, Nairobi Keniatta University February 2023), Francesco, lo primo frate minore (Italy Umbria tour, May 2023) Orfeo Entangled (France, Lyon June 2023).

She carries out multi-transdisciplinary researches in the musical theatre, between Humanistic and Technology, physical/biological and digital. The current research “VR impact on dramatic storytelling in Opera live performance - Emotional content / representation between physical and digital” focuses on the study and experimentation of the aesthetic effects of implementing virtual environments into live performances.

She is the Founder & CEO of the Florence International Choir & Orchestra Festival, in ten years of activity she brought to Florence more than ten thousand musicians, from the five continents performing in the most famous and astonishing Florentine venues. She is the founder and president of Opera Network Firenze, an institution skilled in opera productions and in the training of young talents and professionals in all the performing arts. She is the general director, artistic and project consultant of Ensemble San Felice.

She has collaborated with the academies of important musical and theatrical institutions, such as: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Theater, the Metastasio Theater in Prato, the Pucciniano Festival Foundation in Torre del Lago, the Music & Art Study Center of Florence, Fabbrica Europa Foundation.