Italian video designer Luca Scarzella made his Royal Opera debut in 2013 on Nabucco, directed by Daniele Abbado.
Scarzella studied philosophy and aesthetics at the University of Milan. He began working as a video designer in 1987 with Studio Azzurro. In 2009 he founded the video design company Vertov. His credits with Abbado include Nabucco (La Scala, Milan, Liceu, Barcelona), Tosca (Hyogo Performing Arts Centre, Japan, and in Kiel and Turin), Oberon (Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse), Così fan tutte (Reggio Emilia and Teatro Filarmonico di Verona), Don Giovanni (Teatro Filarmonico), Tosca (Teatro Regio, Turin), Volo di notte (Maggio Musicale, Florence), Lohengrin (Bologna and Bilbao) and The Rape of Lucretia (Genoa, Seville, Teatro Real, Madrid). His other opera video designs include Turandot (Nice), Don Giovanni and Sadko (La Fenice, Venice), Duke Bluebeard’s Castle (Teatro di San Carlo, Naples), Cavalleria rusticana (Teatro Regio, Turin), Ascanio in Alba (La Scala, Milan) and Der fliegende Holländer (Palermo).
Scarzella has also designed widely for dance and theatre throughout Italy, including Romeo and Juliet for the 2005 Maggio Musicale and Death and the Maiden for Balletto di Roma. He has designed video installations for public buildings, galleries and exhibition spaces in many Italian cities, and made a large number of documentary films. His video installations have been shown at major festivals including the Venice Biennale. He has produced video designs for many large-scale contemporary music performances.