THE FOUNDERS

Anna Zapparoli

Anna Zapparoli is half Italian and half English. She was born in Milan, where she graduated from the Piccolo Teatro Drama School, when it was directed by illustrious director Giorgio Strehler. As an actress, she has worked with many acclaimed Italian artists including Dario Fo, Luca Ronconi, Glauco Mauri, Valeria Moriconi, Annamaria Guarnieri, and many others. Anna has a beautiful alto voice, and therefore has been often cast in roles where she could perform as singer-actress. She started writing musical theatre in collaboration with composer Mario Borciani and director Guido De Monticelli. In the company's early years, Anna performed in many one-woman shows she and Mario Borciani wrote and devised, accompanied by Mario playing the piano. Most of these shows have been at the Edinburgh Fringe, in London, at Avignon Off - and had very good reviews. She is playwright and artistic director for La Dual Band.

Mario Borciani

The Borcianis have been musicians for generations: Mario's grandparents were musicians and his parents were first and second violinists of the famous Quartetto Italiano. He graduated as a pianist from the Milan Conservatorio and then started working in the theatre as composer and music director. He has worked in over 60 theatre productions over nearly 40 years. He has written theatre music, often in collaboration with director Guido De Monticelli, for the Greek Theatre in Syracuse, Teatro Stabile di Genova, Venetoteatro, Mittelfest and RAI (the national Italian TV and radio broadcast). Since he founded La Dual Band with Anna Zapparoli, he has written and devised many chamber musicals that have been performed in Italy, Britain and France. He teaches piano at the Milan Conservatorio "G. Verdi". He is composer, arranger, pianist, devisor and artistic director of La Dual Band.