Our team

Great companies are made of great people, and the people who work at Opera Video have unique qualities: top professional skills, multifaceted backgrounds, and total self-control. Qualities that are essential for working in an environment where every situation differs from the previous one. A director’s team is like a basketball team: the coach makes the decisions, but always considers his colleagues and players.
We have many players and a large technical staff. Each member deserves mention, but here we can present only a few.

SOUND
Elfride Foroni is one of the world’s finest sound engineers. She first worked at RAI, and has been regularly engaged by top international artists for over twenty years. The list is endless, but to name just a few: Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, Placido Domingo, Martha Argerich. In 2005, she won a Grammy Award for the best recording of a concerto for instrumental soloist and orchestra. Elfride’s work is easy to describe: a search for perfection and an incomparable sense of spaciousness.

PHOTOGRAPHY
There are several directors of photography who deserve special mention, but only two who precisely fulfil Gabriele Cazzola’s ideal for this role. They are well-known professionals in cinema as well as in TV and theatre, and this is the advantage they bring to Opera Video: thanks to their expertise, Opera Video manages shooting starting from the layout and “lends” its staff to directors and theatre productions.
Our principal directors of photography are Aldo Solbiati and Franco A. Ferrari.
Aldo Solbiati began his career in 1976 in TV and operetta, and since then has expanded constantly: from large-scale TV performances on RAI and Mediaset, to cinema, countless classical music and rock concerts, as well as opera, a field in which he works regularly (he is Roberto Alagna’s principal lighting designer).
The same applies to Franco A. Ferrari, who began his career in the theatre with extraordinary directors such as Visconti, Zeffirelli, Strehler, Ronconi, Squarzina, Eduardo De Filippo, De Simone, Brockhaus, Pasolini, and Svoboda. He has the ability to adjust to small spaces as well as to manage complex situations in enormous settings, such as the Atlanta Olympics or Riccardo Muti’s “Roads to Friendship” concerts. It is impossible to list all of the operas he has worked on. Suffice it to say that he was lighting director at the Bellini Theatre (Palermo) for eight years and has worked in all of Italy’s most prestigious houses, including San Carlo, La Scala, Sferisterio of Macerata, La Fenice of Venice. It’s no exaggeration to say that Franco A. Ferrari knows every theatre in Italy.

CONSULTANTS
Music demands the utmost exactitude, and the video must never give the impression of being the predominant element. Just as musicians are at the service of music, the director of a music video must be even more so.
This is why music consultants and assistant directors are essential for a serious film or TV production
For the past ten years, Fiorella Cicardi has been Gabriele Cazzola’s regular assistant director. Together, they have worked on complex productions such as Massenet’s Werther, on all of the productions for Riccardo Muti, on Nabucco with Daniel Oren, and many others. With twenty years of TV experience, Fiorella has exactly what her profession demands: quick reflexes, Teutonic precision, and total control of the situation even in emergencies.

And now our two principal music consultants, who help the director keep his ideas in complete harmony with the music.

Jessica Groppo, with a degree in clarinet from the Turin Conservatory, has played in prestigious orchestras such as the Fondazione del Teatro San Carlo and the Solisti dell’Orchestra Mozart. For years, she has been a music consultant for RAI for both pop and classical music (in transmissions such as “Miss Italia,” “Che tempo che fa,” and for events such as the opening and closing concerts of the Festival of Two Worlds at Spoleto and concerts at Teatro alla Scala). She is also the music and recording consultant for productions such as ‘Musica contemporanea per violoncello solo' (Mario Brunello, cello, published by ECM) and ‘Die Fledermaus’ by Johann Strauss, Jr. (Zurich Opera House Orchestra, Franz Welser-Most, conductor).

Dino Doni, with a degree in guitar and conducting with highest marks, is a young conductor. A finalist at the Mario Gusella International Conducting Competition, he has worked with ensembles such as the Radio TV Orchestra of Ljubljana (Slovenia), the Pomeriggi Musicali, and the Filarmonia Veneta.


In truth, there should be three musicians-consultants mentioned here.
The first, in terms of “seniority,” was a very close friend and the person with whom Gabriele Cazzola perfected his filming method: Nicola Colombini, the unfortunately deceased but certainly not forgotten and never sufficiently appreciated right-hand man of “his director,” as he loved to say.

LICENSING AND BRAND EXTENSION – COMMUNICATION SERVICES FOR THEATRES – SPONSORED EVENTS – PUBLISHED MATERIAL
At a time when traditional video and film producers are showing signs of strain and public financing has become a rarity, the market has to be approached with care and, above all, with mental flexibility and new ideas.
Alessandro Ragazzi developed extraordinary skills and know-how at Publitalia, then at Yahoo Italia, at Benetton and, in the last few years, as founder and President of Licensing Vision Licensing Vision. Alessandro constantly studies the domestic and foreign market, and has formed important partnerships between corporations and cultural institutions (for example, “Il Gran Teatro La Fenice” of Venice, to give an idea of our quality level).
With Alessandro Ragazzi, Opera Video works to create productions that would otherwise be impossible.


Artist's Videobook

Are you an opera singer? A young musician who graduated from a conservatory? An actor?
If so, you certainly want to be known in the theatre and music world, because communication – telling people who you are and what you do – is the first step in starting a career or promoting one already begun.
These days, recording an audio CD isn’t enough. Artistic directors, directors, sometimes even conductors, want to see as well as hear you. Seeing means evaluating the impact an artist may have on the public thanks to his/her gestures, look, posture, and expression.
Traditionally, the first step is going to castings, but this isn’t always simple or possible because of distance, time, and cost.
That’s why Opera Video proposes a new product: the Artist’s Videobook, a method already used very successfully in the fashion world, a tool that makes you known and lets you leave something with people who can give you work.
Opera Video is a company with top professionals in music, video/filmmaking, and sound, and now you have the chance to use their skills at a very reasonable price. Invest in yourself!

Our Artist’s Videobook service includes:

Basic package:
- Video recording with two HD cameras
- Multitrack audio recording and very high quality mixing with our finest sound engineers and (for singers) with our Accompanist at the piano
- Audio and video editing of final product
- Creation and delivery of copyable master DVD

Optionals:
- Creation of website for showing your videos, photos, and other multimedia and text content
- Uploading of Videobook on You Tube and on specialised Social Networks (such as Vimeo)
- Photo Book
- Insertion of previously produced videos in DVD
- Replication of Videobook with graphics and packaging included

Recording sessions are held twice a month at selected locations (recording studios or fine concert halls).

The final product is delivered just a few days after the recording.

If you would like more information, just fill in the request form (click below). No purchase is required.

I would like to receive more information about the Artist’s Videobook.


How we work

Gabriele Cazzola began by studying documentary film-making, especially anthropological documentaries by the great masters. From these fundamental teachings, he gradually developed his entire production and directing career.
Whether a simple backstage or a live opera, the essential idea is to tell, inform, give screen audiences emotions that approach those experienced by live audiences, without the distractions of facile and trivial technological effects and without using the self-referential language of television directors and writers who lack culture and ideas, or who merely seek personal success.

Our work method is based on maximum rigour, quality, principles, classic taste: on the pleasure that only a beautiful image and the finest sound can give.

We are helped by modern technology: filming a documentary in High Definition (even with a low budget), shooting live with twelve cameras, or producing a television programme has never been as easy and affordable as it is today.
  1. - Multi-camera shooting in all HD formats, High and Low Cost
  2. - Editing on in-house video stations (a strategic factor that ensures total precision and much lower costs because the budget is calculated not on working time but rather on the project)
  3. - DVD authoring and replication
  4. - 3D video production
  5. - Multimedia and multi-platform use and marketing projects (web-broadcast-distribution DVD-enclosures with published material)

Opera Video creates finished programmes. It is also a production house, provides production support (i.e., with outside directors and writers, if requested by the customer) and consulting services, and designs events and other communication products.
  • - Licensing and Brand extension (in cooperation with Licensing Vision)
  • - Designing of events and multimedia installations
  • - Consulting and communication projects
  • - Training courses and master classes on audio and video production
  • - Video-books for young artists Artist’s videobook
  • - Services for Italian and foreign productions, location selection, casting and crew, supply of technical equipment



Company profile

Opera Video was created in 2010, but its cultural roots are much older, based on the many years of experience of its founder, Gabriele Cazzola, first in the research and study of theatre history and anthropology, then directly in performance and television.
Always a pioneer, Gabriele was part of the group of Bologna University scholars who founded the “school” of theatre anthropology, which led him to conduct field work for C.N.R. (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche) in the Far East and in the West and to write numerous essays on the theatre.
In the 1980s, Gabriele created the Centro di Nuova Comunicazione (C.N.C.), a film production company which, in addition to producing traditional films and documentaries, worked in the new field of video information and on the first computerised video control and management systems. His highly sophisticated driving simulator was selected by the Italian Railway for its space at the 1986 Vancouver World Fair.

Later, Gabriele Cazzola worked for many years as a video director in pop and rock music, directing over 200 live concerts and clips that are still considered “cult” videos by fans around the world. In the ’90s, he worked for all the top Italian television networks: Mediaset, Telepiù/Sky, RAI.
Since 2000, he has devoted his efforts to writing (for television) and to directing classical music, cultural programmes, documentaries, and opera DVDs.
He has worked with great pop and jazz artists such as Francesco De Gregori, Paolo Conte, Enrico Ruggeri, Renato Zero, Franco Battiato, Ray Charles (at the legendary Portofino concert), B.B. King, Manhattan Transfer, Litfiba, Ligabue, Iron Maiden, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, and many others …. but also with Bisio and comedians … and has recorded distinguished classical music and opera artists such as Daniel Oren, Yves Abel, Daniele Gatti, I Solisti Veneti and Claudio Scimone, Paolo Restani, Shlomo Mintz, Salvatore Accardo, James Galway, Andrea Bocelli, Julia Gertseva, Franco Zeffirelli, Liliana Cavani, Mirella Freni, Cinzia Forte, Stanislav Bunin, Enrico Dindo, and many more.
Last but not least, since 2000 he has worked very closely with Riccardo Muti, perhaps today’s greatest conductor.

These extraordinary artists have always appreciated Gabriele Cazzola not only for his technical and creative versatility, but also for the simplest and most precious of his gifts: sensitivity and respect for artists and, above all, for music.
Opera Video intends to promote all aspects of culture by means of popular scientific programmes, documentaries, and DVDs: to achieve this, our mission is to give full value to music as a primary element.

So, to paraphrase Jorge Amado:
"Our heroes are not soldiers. They are musicians. Our weapon is music. That is why we are never defeated."


OPERA VIDEO di Gabriele Cazzola Versione italiana

Opera Video is a creative company devoted to producing television programmes, promoting culture, documentaries, and live recordings of events, concerts, and operas. Whether reportage or hi-budget productions, Opera Video’s goal is to provide the finest quality images and content at all times.

  • La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi

    La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi

    The making of “La Traviata,” directed for the stage by Franco Zeffirelli, conducted by Placido Domingo
    Photogallery
    Video directed by Gabriele Cazzola & Fausto Dall’Olio – RAI
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  • Public rehearsal by Maestro Riccardo Muti

    Public rehearsal by Maestro Riccardo Muti

    Public rehearsal by Maestro Riccardo Muti
    An extraordinary (unreleased) film about the first rehearsal of Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale,” 2006.
    Video produced and directed by Gabriele Cazzola
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  • Public rehearsal by Maestro Riccardo Muti

    Public rehearsal by Maestro Riccardo Muti

    “Public rehearsal” by Maestro Riccardo Muti
    Schubert’s Symphony no. 8 (“The Unfinished”). Public rehearsal by Maestro Riccardo Muti, with the orchestra Camerata Strumentale Città di Prato.
    Video produced and directed by Gabriele Cazzola
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  • Stabat Mater RV621 by Antonio Vivaldi

    Stabat Mater RV621 by Antonio Vivaldi

    I Solisti Veneti
    Conductor: Claudio Scimone
    Mezzosoprano: Laura Brioli
    From the DVD “Vivaldi’s Gloria and other sacred music” filmed at San Marco in Venice and Cappella degli Scrovegni in Padua.
    Video director: Gabriele Cazzola
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  • Gloria RV 589 di Antonio Vivaldi

    Gloria RV 589 di Antonio Vivaldi

    I Solisti Veneti
    Conductor: Claudio Scimone
    Wiener Singakademie Choir
    From the DVD “Vivaldi’s Gloria and other sacred music” filmed at San Marco in Venice and Cappella degli Scrovegni in Padua.
    Video directed by Gabriele Cazzola - 2005
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  • Autumn from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons

    Autumn from
    Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons

    The second movement of Autumn, from the DVD “Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, filmed at magnificent Venetian villas.”
    I Solisti Veneti
    Conductor: Claudio Scimone
    First Violin: Chiara Parrini.
    Video directed by Gabriele Cazzola - 2004
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  • Shlomo Mintz plays Mozart

    Shlomo Mintz plays Mozart

    The great violinist Shlomo Mintz plays Mozart in “Concert for life and peace from Bethlehem and Jerusalem,” produced by Rino Maenza
    Orchestra Teatro Comunale di Bologna.
    Video directed by Gabriele Cazzola
    RAI 2005
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  • Enrico Dindo plays Haydn

    Enrico Dindo plays Haydn

    The great cellist Enrico Dindo plays Haydn’s Cello Concerto no. 1 in “Concert for life and peace from Bethlehem and Jerusalem” produced by Rino Maenza
    Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana.
    Conductor: Corrado Rovaris.
    Video Directed by Gabriele Cazzola
    RAI 2006
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  • Enrico Dindo plays Bach

    Enrico Dindo plays Bach

    Enrico Dindo plays a movement from J.S. Bach’s Cello Sonata BWV 1007 in a cave in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
    Video by Gabriele Cazzola
    RAI 2006
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  • Julia Gertseva - Les Larmes from Massenet’s Werther

    Julia Gertseva - Les Larmes from Massenet’s Werther

    The great mezzo-soprano Julia Gersteva sings “Les Larmes” from Massenet’s “Werther” with Andrea Bocelli as Werther, stage director Liliana Cavani, set designer Dante Ferretti, conductor Yves Abel, Orchestra Teatro Comunale di Bologna.Director of Photography - Franco G. Ferrari.Video director Gabriele Cazzola play video
  • Riccardo Muti conducts Donizetti’s Don Pasquale

    Riccardo Muti conducts Donizetti’s Don Pasquale

    Maestro Riccardo Muti with “his” young Cherubini Orchestra conducts “Don Pasquale.” Bass Claudio Desderi, soprano Laura Giordano, chorus of the Teatro Municipale di Piacenza – DVD Arthaus Music & Raitrade. Video director Gabriele Cazzola play video
  • Gang L’altra metà del cielo - (The other half of heaven)

    Gang "L’altra metà del cielo" - ("The other half of heaven")

    "The other half of heaven"
    A "politically incorrect" video clip.
    Produced and directed by Gabriele Cazzola
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  • Litfiba - El diablo

    Litfiba “El diablo”

    The Italian rock band Litfiba plays “El Diablo” from the video “El Diablo Tour.”
    Video produced and directed by Gabriele Cazzola
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  • De Gregori “A Pa'”

    De Gregori “A Pa'”

    The Italian songwriter Francesco De Gregori sings “A Pa'” in memory of the great writer and director Pierpaolo Pasolini. Live version with Pasolini’s famous film sequences.
    Video directed by Gabriele Cazzola
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  • The Grunge Group trailer

    The Grunge Group trailer

    The Grunge Group was a group of video artists founded by Gabriele Cazzola and Elena Chiesa.
    This is the trailer, created with film sequences of the group’s two founders.
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  • De Gregori “La storia”

    De Gregori “La storia”

    “La storia” (The History”), an extraordinary song by Francesco De Gregori, has had dozens of interpretations. This version, directed by Gabriele Cazzola, has become a cult-video among the artist’s Italian fans play video
  • Verso Betlemme

    Verso Betlemme

    “Towards Bethlehem,” a documentary made in the places of Jesus’ birth
    Mediaset TV Network
    Written by Barbara Ancillotti, Gabriele Cazzola, Simonetta Della Seta and directed by Gabriele Cazzola.
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  • Masada

    Masada

    The epic story of the fortress of Masada
    Mediaset TV Network
    Documentary written by Barbara Ancillotti, Gabriele Cazzola, Simonetta Della Seta and directed by Gabriele Cazzola
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  • Sette Quadri by Francesco De Gregori

    Sette Quadri by Francesco De Gregori

    A very special documentary on the creation of a recording by the Italian songwriter Francesco De Gregori.
    “Sette quadri” means “Seven paintings.”
    Produced and directed by Gabriele Cazzola
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  • Werther - backstage

    “Werther” backstage

    Some sequences from tha backstage of Massenet’s “Werther” with Andrea Bocelli as Werther, stage director Liliana Cavani, set designer Dante Ferretti, conductor Yves Abel, Orchestra Teatro Comunale di Bologna.Director of Photography - Franco G. Ferrari.
    Video director: Gabriele Cazzola
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