La Scala Flying Car
Italy-based print provider, Colorzenith, has 3D printed a life-size replica of the classic Italian car, Lancia B24 for the Don Pasquale opera, performed in Europe’s largest opera house, La Scala in Milan, Italy.
The set designers, Davide Livermore together with GIÒ FORMA, required a lightweight car for an iconic scene where soprano, Rosa Feola, descends from the ceiling to the stage while sitting in the car.
Reflecting the growing adoption of 3D printing solutions in scenic design, Colorzenith produced the iconic car on its Massivit 1800 3D Printer. The 4.23-m long and 1.3m high (13.88ft x 4.27ft) car was 3D printed in four parts in under four days.
Once printed, the car was sanded and strengthened with an internal metal frame to withstand the month-long performance. The team also glued headlights, mudguards and door handles to create a more lifelike appearance and provide a whole new immersive experience for theatre audiences.
“Massivit 3D printing was the perfect solution to produce a lightweight replica of the car. Considering the tight production timeframe, it was impossible to realize this with another technology,” says Florian Boje, Founder of GIÒ FORMA.
Editing: Racheli Manshekova
Photography: Dan Calin Romanti
Don Pasquale Credits:
Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
Director: Davide Livermore
Set Design: Giò Forma
Video Design: D-wok
Costume Design: Gianluca Falaschi
Don Pasquale performance footage courtesy of RAI and La Scala Press Office.