Polish-Italian artist Gilberto Giardini became acquainted with theatre and opera at an early age through his mother, an internationally renowned opera singer. Already at the age of sixteen, he designed costumes for the Ballet Ensemble of Wrocław Opera in Breslau, Poland. After school he completed his first course in set and costume design with Madame Wakhévitch in Paris. Later on he studied set and costume design in Rome at Accademia di Belle Arti, and graduated with high distinction. As a student, he designed stage productions in Italy and Poland, and worked as a costume assistant for films at Rome’s renowned Cinecittà. He was then employed by Bremer Theater as a set and costume assistant, which enabled him to work with international artists in the fields of opera, theatre and dance. In 1992, Gilberto began working as a freelance set and costume designer at various theatres and opera houses in Germany, Poland, France, Austria and Japan. His acclaimed opera and operetta productions include Offenbach’s “La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein” (1997), Strauss‘ “Die Fledermaus” (1998, both at Wiener Kammeroper), Mozart‘s „Don Giovanni” (2003, Theater Augsburg) as well as Verdi’s “Rigoletto” (2005, Stadttheater Bremerhaven) and “Nabucco” (2008, Opera Festival Gut Immling). Many of these productions were created in collaboration with stage director Thomas Mittmann. Gilberto Giardini has also collaborated with Hubert Monloup, Gianmaurizio Fercioni, Penelope Wehrli and Johann Kresnik. He is also a painter, illustrator and graphic designer. Gilberto’s paintings have appeared in solo and group exhibitions in Britain, USA, Germany and Switzerland.