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The Banker

Walter J. Conrad (bass/baritone) is a powerful banker who made
economic history in Italy, and not only that: his figure, an “éminence grise” known to most, was able to influence through the years international politics, thanks to his natural talent as “intermediary”. Disgraced, Conrad secretly decides for a monastic life. After a long period of anonymity, on the night of the Holy Saturday, he prepares his “resurrection” and his return on the international scene. To do this, he tries to involve a young ambitious journalist (Jacob Gilbert, tenor) revealing to know the solution to the unresolved mysteries that marked Italian history in the last fifty years.

The Banker is the first web opera series ever made. Since the
shooting didn’t took place in a theatre but on location, the language is the one of the opera movie, differing however for its serial form. The narration is divided into episodes of maximum 10 minutes each and, thus, already thought-out for Web use. Even though originally made for a different medium than theatre, The Banker is however an opera thought to be reassembled for a
complete display and to be staged in a normal theatre. The decision to make a serial opera comes from the vivid necessity
of bringing this ancient but still actual language closer to the general public, and to demonstrate that it can still be popular and affordable to everyone. This is why, following this philosophy, the libretto leaves the classical meter for quick and sharp dialogues, embracing a simple and contemporary language.

  • Stefano Simone Pintor
  • Stefano Simone Pintor
  • Alberto Cara
  • The Social Opera House
  • Retropalco
  • Carlo Checchi
    Key Cast
    Walter J. Conrad
  • Paolo Cauteruccio
    Key Cast
    Jacob Gilbert
  • Lucrezia Drei
    Key Cast
    Lena Stevens
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    The Banker
  • Project Type:
    Music Video, Web / New Media, Other
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 28, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 EUR
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Director Biography - Stefano Simone Pintor

Stefano Simone Pintor graduated in History of Theatre at the University of Turin and in Stage Direction at the School of Dramatic Arts "Paolo Grassi" in Milan. As of 2005 he started his career as a playwrighter and director for prose theatre and opera. From 2008 he has been assistant director on several opera productions, alongside directors such as L. Ronconi, F. Micheli, D. Michieletto, L. Pelly, D. McVicar and R. Carsen and working in many prestigious theatres as the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the NCPA in Beijing, the Bolshoi in Moscow and the Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo. As a stage director of dramas, he produced numerous plays, including "Commedia all'improvviso" (staged at the Academy of Theatrical Arts in Krakow), "Via Giona, 78" (staged at the Teatro Litta of Milan) and "Santa la Terra", winner of the Best Drama and Best Performance prizes at 2011 Lodi di Pace Contest. In 2014 he was recommended for the high quality of his prose works by the International Stage Direction Festival "Fantasio Piccoli". As an opera director, in 2011 he won the 2° prize of the international competition "Camerata Nuova – European Opera Stage Directing Prize", thanks to which in 2012 he could stage "The Magic Flute" by W.A. Mozart for the As.Li.Co. project Opera Domani. Due to its huge success, the production has been recently acquired by the Royal Opera House of Muscat where it will be restaged every year. In 2014 he staged an "Aida" by G. Verdi, again for As.Li.Co., and a successful "Orpheus and Eurydice" by C. W. Gluck at the 39° Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte of Montepulciano. Stefano Simone Pintor is also active in the literary field: In January 2011 he released his first book, "Il teatro degli zoppi", a theatrical essay published by Ananke of Turin. while in December 2015 one of its poetries will be published in the 5th volume of the "Enciclopedia di poesia contemporanea" by Fondazione Mario Luzi Editore.
Please, visit: www.stefanosimonepintor.com

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Researcher in the field of arts. Director, writer, musician and walker since 1984.