Virginio Puecher

He was born in Lambrugo on 16/12/1926. He studied philosophy. Initially he worked for the third program of the Italian Radio (1953-1955) and then as an assistant of the director Giorgio Strehler. He first appeared as a director at the Odeon Theatre, in Long Day’s Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neill (1955). He worked at the Little Theater of Milan (1956-1969), where he directed the plays The Winners [I vincitori], The Investigation [L’istruttoria], The Imaginary life of the street sweeper August G. [La vita immaginaria dello spazzino Augusto G.], L’annaspo by Raffaele Orlando, How a Film Subject Is Born [Come nasce un soggetto cinematografico], The Heritage of Felis [L’eredità del Felìs], etc. Works under his direction were presented in many Italian cities (Bologna, Vicenza, Livorno, Treviso, etc.). He was co-founder of the theater group “The Partners” (Gli Associati), with which he presented the works The New Colony [La nuova colonia] by Pirandello and Uncle Vanya by Chekhov. His director’s view was groundbreaking and surpassed the boundaries of traditional theater. As regards opera, he was mainly devoted to the direction of works of the twentieth century. He directed the operas Atomic Death [Atomtod] and For Maximilien Robespierre [Per Massimiliano Robespierre] by Giacomo Manzoni, The Crocodile [Il coccodrillo] by Valentino Bucchi, Hyperion by Bruno Maderna, Wozzeck and Lulu by Berg, Albert Herring and The Turn of the Screw by Britten. His last directorial work was the opera Falstaff (Treviso, 1990). He died in Milan on 29/12/1990. For GNO he directed the opera The Magic Flute [Die Zauberflöte] (1978-79).