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Titina Rota at La Scala

by Vittoria Crespi Morbio.
Essay by Vittoria Crespi Morbio, Melanconia e sorrisi in una signora déco / Melancholy and Smiles in an Art Deco Lady.
Appendices: biographical notice; catalogue of the works; chronology of stage designs.
Collection «Performing Artists at La Scala».
Amici della Scala – Umberto Allemandi & C., Turin 2005.
Italian edition, pp.102.

Titina Rota (Milan 1899–Rome 1978), who grew up in a musical family (her cousin is the composer Nino Rota), she herself being a promising violinist, was introduced to the stage by Giovanni Grandi, scenographer of La Scala. To the theatre and legendary theatrical personalities like Tatjana Pavlova or Max Reinhardt, Rota granted her graceful and imaginative touch, costumes that are jewels of Art Déco style, inventions often ironic and dazzling. She then moved on to the cinema with Gallone and Camerini and to journalism at the head of the weekly “Grazia”. Her last performance was Il telefono by Menotti at the Festival of Venice in 1948. Then Titina retired at Anacapri to devote herself entirely to painting.