Matteo Paoletti Franzato was born in Venice in 1989.
He attended the Liceo Artistico and in 2011 he graduated “cum laude” at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice with Scenography and Set Design specialization.
The following year he worked for “Antonia Sautter creations & events” as creative decorator and sketch artist. In 2013 he collaborated as props man for Polittico srl at “Seconda Primavera” film by Francesco Calogero.
In 2014 he attended a Master of “Set Designer for the Opera” in Verona, participating in various productions at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, at the “Puccini Festival” in Torre del Lago and at the Štàtna Opera in Banska Bystrica. He returned to the Teatro Olimpico in 2015 as assistant Set and Costume Designer in “Don Giovanni” directed by Lorenzo Regazzo.
Between 2015 to 2019, in collaboration with director Marco Bellussi he held the Set Designer position during the productions of:
“L’Orfeo” by Monteverdi, Teatro Comunale in Ferrara
“Nelle Plaghe d’oriente sia pace sulla Terra” with Ottavia Piccolo, Teatro Toniolo in Venezia
“La cambiale di matrimonio”, Pan Opera Festival in Umbria
“La vedova allegra”, Circolo della Lirica at palazzo Zacco Armeni in Padova
“Prima la musica poi le parole”, Pan Opera Festival in Umbria
“Il signor Bruschino”, Pan Opera Festival in Umbria
“Alceste” by C.W. Gluck, Teatro Comunale in Ferrara
“Zefiro Torna” Music by C.Monteverdi at Mittelfest Festival of Cividale del Friuli
“Mozart e Salieri”, Pan Opera Festival in Umbria
“Der Schauspieldirektor”, Pan Opera Festival in Umbria
“Esther” by G. F. Händel, Teatro Comunale in Ferrara
“Acis and Galatea” by G. F. Händel, Teatro Comunale di Ferrara
In 2017 he worked with Maestro Renzo Giacchieri as assistant Set Designer for “Don Carlo” by G. Verdi. The same year he toke care of both scenes and costumes for the Maestro Giovanni Mancuso “Atlas 101” at Teatro Mario del Monaco in Treviso. In 2018 he has been the runner-up at the 10th edition of the “European Opera Directing Prize” with the project “Manon Lescaut” by G. Puccini directed by Neil Barry Moss. Then he designed the scenes and costumes for the “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” directed by Yamal Das Irmich, co-production between the city of Padova and the “Opera Estate” of Bassano del Grappa.
He actually continues his collaboration with director Bellussi.