Born in Florence, Italy, and described by Third Coast Percussion as "sharing passion for meaningful cross-disciplinary collaboration", Camilla Tassi is a NYC based designer and musician interested in the production of new+period music and theatrical performances.
Her work as a projection designer includes Golijov's Falling Out of Time (Carnegie Hall), Purcell's King Arthur (Lincoln Center, Juilliard415), Apollo's Fire's tour of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo (Cal Performances & UMS Michigan), Deavere Smith's Fires in the Mirror (Baltimore Center Stage & Long Wharf Theater), Esmail's Malhaar (Walt Disney Concert Hall, LA Master Chorale), Talbot's Path of Miracles (Conspirare, TX), Mozart's Magic Flute (Berlin Opera Academy), Handel's Alcina (Yale Opera), Lady M (Heartbeat Opera), Tesori's Fun Home (David Geffen School of Drama), as well as for recitals, chamber music, and theater at Curtis, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, IU opera, PROTOTYPE Festival, Mass MoCA, and others.
As a video designer, she has led design and film work for groups such as The Washington Chorus (DC), Les Délices (OH), The Princeton Festival (NJ), and Chicago Ear Taxi Festival (IL).
Passionate about the production process, she has produced and directed musical works, including Song from the Uproar by Missy Mazzoli and Talk to Me Like the Rain by Larry Delinger. She's also produced G.F. Handel's La Resurrezione HWV 47 and If This is a Man: music, science, and humanity, an interdisciplinary project and tribute to Italian chemist and author Primo Levi - which included the US Premiere of Ennio Morricone's Se questo e` un uomo for chamber orchestra, soprano, and reciting voice. Other productions include an original multimedia presentation on Giacomo Carissimi's music, Pen e tormenti.
As an Italian coach & translator, she has created program translations for Carnegie Hall (L'Arpeggiata), worked for Apollo's Fire, and coached diction for recitals and performances.
As a coloratura soprano, Camilla has had the chance to perform operatic roles such as "Cunegonde" in Leonard Bernstein's Candide, "Celia" in Roger Steptoe's opera premiere As You Like It, and "Drusilla" in Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea. Chorally, she sang with the Yale Schola Cantorum and NYPhil. She's also taken lessons in piano, organ, and harpsichord.
She has guest lectured at institutions including Princeton, Yale, Penn State, and Dartmouth.
Camilla holds a BS in Computer Science and a BA in Music (with a Minor in Italian Studies) from the University of Notre Dame and a MA in Digital Musics at Dartmouth College. She was a Research Fellow in Projection Design at the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale, where she completed an MFA under Wendall Harrington.
- Robert L. Tobin Director-Designer Prize, Opera America, 2023 (won)
- Connecticut Critics Circle, 2022 (nominated)
- San Diego Opera Hack (proposal winner, 2021)