Stage Designer Franco Colavecchia at The Frame Maker 6/4/09

May 27, 2009 – 6:13 am

Even though we have some more to say about Artists’ Proof, the current show at The Frame Maker, we’re pleased to announce our next opening on June 4 for stage designer noted Franco Colavecchia’s show, “SoHo Memory Paintings”, which run throughout the summer.

Franco has designed theatre and opera sets for nearly forty years, working with luminaries like Gian Carlo Menotti, Frank Corsaro, and Ian Strasfogel, for locations as varied as the New York City Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, The Music Opera Association/Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, The Oxford Playhouse and the Edinburgh Festival in the United Kingdom.

Franco also designed the Emmy award-winning production of La Boheme with Luciano Pavarotti, which went on to tour Italy and the world.

Franco lived and worked the heyday of his design career in a warehouse style loft in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood in the 1980′s. The series of original paintings in this show is a fascinating interior catalogue of this time period, begun as Franco wrestled to regain his eyesight after major surgery in 1997 and developed in private over his last 12 years teaching stage design at North Carolina School of the Arts.


SoHo Memory Paintings | Franco Colavecchia

SoHo Memory Paintings | Franco Colavecchia


The Frame Maker is also extremely proud to be showing and offering the first ever editioned prints of Franco’s stage design renderings from the period, the originals of which exist mostly in private collections and the Harvard University archives.


La Boheme Act I | Philadelphia Opera 1982 | Franco Colavecchia

La Boheme Act I | Philadelphia Opera 1982 | Franco Colavecchia

Check The Frame Maker blogs for more detail, and be sure to join us next week, June 4, at The Frame Maker showroom for our reception for “SoHo Memory Paintings– Franco is in San Diego right now on his annual teaching visit to UC-San Diego and will be our honored guest Thursday night!

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