Roberto Citran

reads Il fantasma in opera (The Phantom of the Palace)

The legendary White Lady as told by Guido Conti

Palazzo dei Pio - Cortile d'onore
In collaboration with: Musei di Palazzo dei Pio and Archivio Storico
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Every castle worthy of the name has its phantom, and Carpi is no exception. For centuries tales have been told of a lady dressed in white who appears at night moving over roof of Palazzo dei Pio. A mysterious figure whose legend has come down to us through the mists of time. Little is known about her: a courtier who killed herself for love; a noblewoman taken in adultery and walled up live by her jealous consort; a tormented soul in search of eternal rest.
Roberto Citran will read a text written for the occasion by Guido Conti, who has drawn on a little history and a lot of the legends that surround the White lady. The Palace's Court of Honour forms an atmospheric backdrop for the midnight encounter.

Roberto Citran (b. Padova, 1955) made his theatre debut in 1979, when he joined Teatrocontinuo and TAM music theatre, two Padova-based projects performing for school and adult audiences. In 1983, he and Vasco Mirandola formed the comic duo "Punto e Virgola", and he began an uninterrupted television career. He made his televised-fiction debut in 1986, and soon established himself as the actor of choice for directors like Ricky Tognazzi (Piccoli equivoci/Slight misunderstandings, 1989, which earned the coveted David di Donatello) and Carlo Mazzacurati (Il toro/The Bull, 1994, bringing his second David and the prestigious Coppa Volpi at the Venice Film Festival as the best male actor in a non-lead role).
Well-known abroad, he acted beside Nicholas Cage and Penélope Cruz in John Madden's embarrassing Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001), but also in small masterpieces by Peter Greenaway (Tulse Luper and Moab) or Terry George's Hotel Rwanda (2004). He recently appeared in Notturno Bus (2007) with Valerio Mastrandrea and Giovanna Mezzogiorno.

Guido Conti was born in Parma in 1965, where he lives and works. Following his early short stories, which appeared in the review "ClanDestino", he was discovered and published by Pier Vittorio Tondelli (Under 25, volume III, Papergang, Transeuropa 1990). His first novel, Sotto la terra il cielo, was published by Guaraldi in 1996. Thereafter Il coccodrillo sull'altare (Guanda, 1998), which took the Chiara Prize, the Stresa Prize, the Montà D'Alba Prize, and was short-listed for the Comisso Prize), Cieli di vetro (1999, short-listed for the Campiello), Il taglio della lingua (2000) and Un medico all'opera (2004, Frignano Prize).
He edited a selection of Cesare Zavattini's juvenilia in Dite la vostra, and co-edited with Manuela Cacchioli Un'amicizia lunga una vita, the correspondence between Attilio Bertolucci and Cesare Zavattini (Monte Università Parma Editore). He edits the literary review "Palazzo Sanvitale" and is editorial director of Monte Università Parma Editore.

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