Grazia Migneco and Gianni Mantesi are a historic couple in Italian theatre. They met in 1950 when on the stage of the Piccolo Teatro of Milan. Cupid was the great producer, Giorgio Strehler, also very young at that time, who wanted them both to be in the cast of Shakespeare’s “Richard III” for the 1949-50 theatre season. Grazia Migneco, at that time a twenty-year-old, took the part of the little Prince of Wales wearing men’s clothing. Gianni Mantesi, five years older, who had made his début some months earlier with Ruggero Ruggeri, took the part of The Earl of Surrey. So it was that Grazia and Gianni fell in love and, a couple of years later, were married. They have remained together ever since both on the stage and in life, and live in Milan.
For Dantepoliglotta Grazia Migneco and Gianni Mantesi have, respectively, read Dante’s original verses about Francesca da Rimini (Hell, canto V, verses 88-142) and Ulysses (Hell, canto XXVI, verses 90-142).
To listen to the verses about Francesca da Rimini with the voice of Grazia Migneco, click here:
To listen to the verses about Ulysses with the voice of Gianni Mantesi, click here:
To see the web page dedicated to Grazia Migneco, click here:
To see the web page dedicated to Gianni Mantesi, click here:
The illustration at the bottom of this page is a photograph of a scene in the play Lui, lei e io n’esco, successfully staged several times by the Migneco-Mantesi couple in the nineties. It comprises a mosaic of extracts about the life of a couple, extrapolated from the works of Eugène Ionesco. In particular, the photograph which is reproduced here shows a scene from Ionesco’s play Le sedie (“The chairs”).
To see the entire play Lui, lei e… Io n’esco, with Grazia Migneco and Gianni Mantesi (in Italian), click here