• about me and this site

    Born in Turin and based in Vienna. Degree in Arts and Literature. Singer, actress, dramaturge, translator and director. I've been searching for a simple definition of what I do, but I'm afraid I can't find one. I'm an art-border-crossing, multitasking theatre maker, let's face it.

    So here I am, trying to collect on the same spot everything I do, for versatility - like diversity - should be an enduring force rather than a problem.

    This site is run in English, but feel free to contact me in German or Italian, too.

    Cheers

bio

Roberta Cortese studierte in Turin anfangs Altphilologie, dann Literatur mit Fachrichtung Kunst. Sie studierte Operngesang in Turin und Wien und entwickelte sich zur Schauspielerin am Burgtheater. In der Zeit wirkte sie auch im Theater- und Musiktheaterbereich in Wien und Graz.

2001 kehrte sie nach Italien zurück. 2002 bis 2008 war sie Hausdramaturgin des von ihr mitbegründeten CineTeatro Baretti in Turin, wo sie ihre Tätigkeit als Autorin und Übersetzerin (vor allem von Elfriede Jelinek) aufnahm. 2005 machte sie ihr Debüt als Opernregisseurin, widmete sich aber bald zu eigenen performativen Projekten, zuerst beo dem Verein 15febbraio und seit 2009 mit dem Verein Satyrikon, mitbegründet mit Luigi Chiarella. Parallel wirkte sie als Schauspielerin/Sängerin in Produktionen zeitgenössischen Theater- und Musiktheaters, in Musik- und Filmprojekten sowie beim Fernsehen.

Seit 2015 lebt sie wieder in Wien, arbeitet jedoch weiter in Italien sowie in Österreich als Performerin, Dramaturign und mit eigenen Projekten.

Roberta Cortese studia a Torino, inizialmente Lettere Antiche per poi passare a Materie Letterarie con Indirizzo Artistico. Studia canto lirico a Torino e a Vienna, dove si forma come attrice nella compagnia del Burgtheater, lavorando anche in produzioni di teatro e musica a Vienna e Graz.

Nel 2001 torna in Italia. Dal 2002 al 2008 è Hausdramaturgin del CineTeatro Baretti di Torino, di cui è co-fondatrice e dove dà inizio alla sua attività di autrice e traduttrice, soprattutto dell’autrice austriaca Elfriede Jelinek. Nel 2005 debutta nella regia lirica, ma presto si dedica a sviluppare propri progetti performativi, prima in seno all’associazione 15febbraio e dal 2009 con Satyrikon, associazione fonda con Luigi Chiarella. Parallelamente continua a lavorare come cantante/attrice per lo più in produzioni di teatro (spesso musicale) contemporaneo, oltre che per produzioni musicali e video, a volte per la televisione.

Dal 2015 vive di nuovo a Vienna, ma continuando a lavorare sia in Italia che in Austria come performer e traduttrice, nonché portando avanti i propri progetti.

Roberta Cortese initially attended Classic Studies then graduated in Arts and Literature in Turin. She studied operatic singing in Turin and Vienna, then developed as an actress within the company of Burgtheater besides working in other (music-)theatre productions in Vienna and Graz.

In 2001 she went back to Italy. From 2002 to 2008 she was dramaturge of the co-founded CineTeatro Baretti in Turin: there she started writing and translating plays, the latter mostly by Austrian author Elfriede Jelinek. In 2005 she set her first opera but turned soon developing her own performative projects, first within the association 15febbraio and since 2009 with the association Satyrikon, founded with Luigi Chiarella. At the same time she went on performing as a singer/actress mostly in contemporary (music)plays, for music and movie productions as well as for some TV-series.

Since 2015 she lives in Vienna again, though she keeps working in Austria as well as in Italy as a performer and a translator and also developing her own projects.