Mittelfest — Theater

La Cripta dei Cappuccini
(The Emperor’s Tomb)

Joseph Roth / Natalino Balasso

Teatro Verdi di Gorizia
Duration o be defined
11/05 - 20:45
10/05 - 19:30

Natalino Balasso is Trotta, the protagonist of The Emperor’s Tomb, the famous novel by Joseph Roth. The parable of an awkward viveur, from his dissolute adolescence in early 20th-century Vienna to the Nazi annexation of Austria in 1938, who passes unscathed and unaware through the Great War, the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the economic boom of the 1920s, the upheaval of customs and libertarian and liberticidal impulses. He is a man overwhelmed by events, unable to embrace the fashions of the time, groping in a shattered Central European world of dissolute friends, foolish cousins, tyrannical mothers, ambiguous wives and girlfriends, adventurers, braggarts, failed soldiers and nobles: a barren age with no future, which in its variety is so reminiscent of the Europe of a hundred years later. It is a merry-go-round, a babel, a satire of nostalgic aristocrats, rampant profiteers and drawing-room progressives, swirling around a lonely man as he tries to understand himself together with the audience.

Performed in Italian with Slovenian and English surtitles

Student preview Friday 10 May/Premiere Saturday 11 May 2024


La Cripta dei Cappuccini (The Emperor’s Tomb)

by Joseph Roth

translation Laura Terreni

adaptation Giacomo Pedini and Jacopo Giacomoni


directed by Giacomo Pedini

dramaturg Jacopo Giacomoni

music Cristian Carrara

performed by FVG Orchestra

set design Alice Vanini

costumes Gianluca Sbicca and Francesca Novati

lights Stefano Laudato

sound Corrado Cristina



with Natalino Balasso

and with (in alphabetical order) Nicola Bortolotti, Primož Ekart, Francesco Migliaccio, Ivana Monti, Alberto Pirazzini, Camilla Semino Favro, Giovanni Battista Storti, Simone Tangolo, Matilde Vigna


production Mittelfest


photo of Natalino Balasso © Massimo Battista