in short

I was a passionate student of Ancient Greek Literature, I studied opera singing and evolved into an actress. Being a strong compulsive reader with an urge to share, I became a translator, dramaturge and director – now I am focussing on Kulturvermittlung (‘cultural action’). In addition to that, I have always enjoyed drawing, painting and designing. Quite a lot of stuff, which is, however, not stopping me from putting it all together into my projects within Satyrikon, the current one being Odysseiai, f.pl.

To bring some order: right below a longer biography in English, Italian and German; attached to it my cv as a performer; in the “projects” section of this website an archive of my own performative projects and a list of the texts I have written or translated.

My “lot of stuff” is also spread through social media (links on either menu on desktop or footer on mobile devices).

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photo © Larry.RR.Williams

bio

Born 1970 in Turin and now based in Vienna, Roberta Cortese studied Arts, Music and Drama at the University of Turin, operatic singing in Turin and Vienna and developed there as an actress within the company of the Burgtheater of the Peymann’s era. In those years she also worked at Volkstheater Vienna, Schauspielhaus Graz and in the Viennese off-scene, a.o. with directors such as Einar Schleef, Dimiter Gotscheff, Arie Zinger, Philip Tiedemann, Markus Kupferblum, Michael Scheidl and musicians such as Peter Keuschnig, Lesch Schmidt, Peter Eötvös, Tomas Desi and Sandy Lopičić.

In 2001 she went back to Italy, where up to 2015 she mostly performed in contemporary theatre plays, often with music: at TST, TPE, Teatro Regio in Turin, Teatro Due in Parma, Teatro dell’Acquario Cosenza, Festival delle Colline Torinesi and Spoleto Festival. There she worked with directors Davide Livermore, Walter Le Moli, Lorenzo Fontana, with musicians Andrea Chenna, Marcello Fera, Fabio Biondi and his orchestra Europa Galante, with artist Marzia Migliora, author Elena Pugliese and stage-colleague Simona Nasi.

From 2002 to 2008 she was also Dramaturgin of the co-founded CineTeatro Baretti in Turin directed by Davide Livermore, where she also started to write and translate theatre plays. She worked as an opera director, too (a.o. at Piccolo Regio Puccini in Turin and at Teatro Rendano in Cosenza), since 2009 she founded the association Satyrikon, with which since then she runs her own projects. In those years spent in Italy, she contributed to the staging of several foreign authors in Italy, above all works by Elfriede Jelinek.

Since 2015 she lives in Vienna again, acting nevertheless further over borders. She worked a.o. with Christoph Marthaler, MyBossWas, Laura Mello, echoraum, Kabinetttheater, Paulus Manker; 2019-2020 part of the leading team of sirene Operntheater, she is currently starting a collaboration with TheaterArche.

Nata nel 1970 a Torino e ora a Vienna, Roberta Cortese studia Materie Letterarie con Indirizzo Artistico all’Università di Torino e canto lirico a Torino e a Vienna, dove si forma come attrice nella compagnia del Burgtheater dell’era Peymann. In quegli anni lavora anche al Volkstheater di Vienna, al Schauspielhaus di Graz e nella scena-off viennese, con registi come Einar Schleef, Dimiter Gotscheff, Arie Zinger, Philip Tiedemann, Markus Kupferblum, Michael Scheidl e con musicisti come Peter Keuschnig, Lesch Schmidt, Peter Eötvös, Tomas Desi and Sandy Lopičić.

Nel 2001 torna in Italia, dove fino al 2015 lavora in produzioni di teatro contemporaneo, spesso musicale: al TST, TPE, Teatro Regio Torino, Teatro Due di Parma, Teatro dell’Acquario di Cosenza, al Festiva delle Colline Torinesi e al Festival dei Due Mondi di Spoleto. Collabora coi registi Davide Livermore, Walter Le Moli, Lorenzo Fontana, coi musicisti Andrea Chenna, Marcello Fera, Fabio Biondi e la sua orchestra Europa Galante, con l’artista Marzia Migliora, l’autrice Elena Pugliese e la collega attrice Simona Nasi.

Dal 2002 al 2008 è Dramaturgin del CineTeatro Baretti di Torino, da lei co-fondato e diretto da Davide Livermore, dove ha inizio anche la sua attività di autrice e traduttrice. Per un periodo lavora come regista lirica (fra gli altri al Piccolo Regio Puccini di Torino e al Teatro Rendano di Cosenza), finché nel 2009 fonda l’associazione Satyrikon, con cui da allora si dedica a progetti propri. Negli anni passati in Italia ha contribuito alla realizzazione di numerose prime italiane di autori stranieri, prima fra tutti Elfriede Jelinek.

Dal 2015 vive di nuovo a Vienna e continua a operare a cavallo tra i confini. Ha lavorato tra gli altri con Christoph Marthaler, MyBossWas, Laura Mello, echoraum, Kabinetttheater, Paulus Manker. 2019-2020 nel leading team del sirene Operntheater, sta per avviare una collaborazione con il TheaterArche.

1970 in Turin geboren und nun Wahlwienerin, Roberta Cortese studierte Musik- und Theaterwissenschaft in Turin, Operngesang in Turin und Wien und entwickelte sich im Burgtheater-Ensemble der Peymann-Ära zur Schauspielerin. In den Jahren wirkte sie auch an Volkstheater Wien, Schauspielhaus Graz sowie in der Wiener freien Szene, u. a. mit Regisseuren wie Einar Schleef, Dimiter Gotscheff, Arie Zinger, Philip Tiedemann, Markus Kupferblum, Michael Scheidl und mit Musikern wie Peter Keuschnig, Lesch Schmidt, Peter Eötvös, Tomas Desi und Sandy Lopičić.

2001 kehrte sie nach Italien zurück und wirkte bis 2015 in Produktionen zeitgenössischer Dramatik, oft mit Musik: am TST, TPE, Teatro Regio, in Turin, Teatro Due Parma, Teatro dell’Acquario Cosenza sowie beim Festival delle Colline Torinesi und Spoleto Festival. Mit Regisseuren wie Davide Livermore, Walter Le Moli, Lorenzo Fontana, mit Musikern wie Andrea Chenna, Marcello Fera, Fabio Biondi und seinem Orchester Europa Galante, mit Künstlerin Marzia Migliora, Autorin Elena Pugliese und Bühnenkollegin Simona Nasi.

Von 2002 bis 2008 war sie Dramaturgin des von ihr mitbegründete CineTeatro Baretti in Turin (Leitung Davide Livermore) wo sie begann, als Autorin und Übersetzerin zu wirken. Eine Zeit lang als Opernregisseurin tätig (u.a. am Piccolo Regio Puccini in Turin und Teatro Rendano in Cosenza), 2009 gründete sie den Verein Satyrikon, mit dem sie seitdem ihre eigenen Projekten umsetzt. In den Jahren in Italien war sie an vielen italienischen Erstaufführungen fremder Autoren beteiligt, vor allem Elfriede Jelinek.

Seit 2015 lebt sie wieder in Wien, arbeitet jedoch weiterhin über die Grenzen. Sie wirkte u. a. mit Christoph Marthaler, MyBossWas, Laura Mello, echoraum, Kabinetttheater und Paulus Manker. 2019-2020 war sie im Leading Team des sirene Operntheaters, sie beginnt nun eine Zusammenarbeit mit TheaterArche.