Gaspare Vigarani

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(1586–1663), Italian stage designer and machinist, inventor of many new stage effects. He was working in Modena when in 1659 he was called to Paris to supervise the entertainments to be given in honour of Louis XIV's approaching marriage. For these he built the Salle des Machines in the Tuileries, and designed its stage machinery. As the Petit-Bourbon theatre was then being demolished, Vigarani claimed the scenery and machinery for use in his new theatre and burnt it all, thus destroying the work of a rival. After his death his son Carlo (?–c.1693), who had been working with him, was responsible for the mechanics of Les Plaisirs de l'île enchantée (1664), an entertainment given at Versailles with the collaboration of Molière and Lully.

From The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Theatre.

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