Luca Scarzella graduated in Philosophy. Between 1987 and 1997 he collaborated on a regular basis with Studio Azzurro, a studio factory in Milan with an international reputation in the field of video art. In 2009 he creates Vertov - video and new media, a new productive reality for continuing and experimenting his work. The exploration of the possible relationships between video and space (architectural, theatrical, museum), the research of a new kind of dramaturgy in the sense of video linked with the ‘explosive’ language of synchronised programming and new dynamics that are designed by interactive systems, together with the strengthening of the close connections between sound and image are the focus of his current work and research.
Luca Scarzella worked in the most prestigious theatres and opera houses in Italy, Europe, Unites States, Australia, Japan, Korea and China.
In 1993 he started a collaboration with the stage director Daniele Abbado with whom on the one hand he worked focusing on new video technology in multimedia stage performances such as Fiume di musica, Frammenti sull’Apocalisse, Dokumentation nr.1, Majakowskij - l’incidente è chiuso and on the other on visual concepts for lyric opera works such as: Tosca in Torino, Osaka and Seoul, Der Freischütz and Tannhäuser in Rome, Laborinthus II in Genova, The Rape of Lucretia in Genova, Firenze, Reggio Emilia, Siviglia and Madrid, Lohengrin in Bologna and Bilbao, Volo di notte in Florence, Jr. Butterfly in Tokio, Così fan tutte and Don Giovanni in Verona, Reggio Emilia, Thessaloniki and Saint Paul-USA, Oberon in Toulouse, Nabucco in Teatro alla Scala, Milano, Royal Opera House, London, Liceu Barcelona.
He collaborates with the director Roberto Andò in opera productions including: Der Kaiser von Atlantis/A Survivor from Warsaw and Der fliegende Holländer, La Vuccira - il quadro nero in Palermo, Cavalleria rusticana in Torino, Il castello di Barbablù in Napels, Sette storie per lasciare il mondo in Catania and Rome, Winterreise in Florence, and theater productions such as Vecchi Tempi by Pinter (Ert Modena), Natura morta per i diriti civili (Mittelfest) and Conversazione su Tiresia with Andrea Camilleri, Siracusa.
Further in opera he has worked with Denis Krief, Egisto Marcucci, Franco Ripa di Meana, Francesco Micheli, Damiano Michieletto, Federico Grazzini, Lukas Hemleb, Serena Sinigaglia. Other collaborations include projects with Studio Azzurro, Giorgio Barberio Corsetti, Moni Ovadia, Walter Pagliaro, Andreé Ruth Shammah and Dominique Pitoiset and with composers that include Giorgio Batistelli, Luca Francesconi, Michele Tadini, Pietro Milesi, Nicola Sani, Marco Betta, Emanuele Casale, Helmut Oehring, Juste Janulyte, Helmut Lachenmann and Ludovico Einaudi.
Luca Scarzella created the videos for Carmen Replay, a ballet by Compañia Nacional de Danza commissioned by Teatro Real de Madrid with music by David del Puerto and choreography by Tony Fabre, Sandglasses performance installation for 4 cellos, video and live electronics, music by Juste Janulyte (Vilnius Gaida Festival, Holland Festival, MaerzMusik Berlin, Festival Musica Strasburg, RomaEuropa Festival, Sonica Glasgow, Sydney Festival and many more), Conversations with Chomsky, music by Emanuele Casale and direction by Francesco Micheli (Aperto Festival, Reggio Emilia).
In 2010 he took part at the 5° Rome International Film Festival with his documentary film Inge Film, a portrait of the international publisher Inge Feltrinelli. He designed multimedia exhibitions and installations for the Museum of Teatro alla Scala, la Triennale, Museo del '900 and Palazzo Reale in Milan, la Biennale Musica in Venice, Résau Varèse, Ircam in Paris, the Ara Pacis Museum in Rome.
With the director Federico Grazzini he created the videos for Der Fliegende Holländer produced by As.Li.Co, Turandot , Opera Nice Cote d'Azur (2014) and Opera de Toulon (2019) and Nabucco at the historical open air location of Terme di Caracalla in Rome (2016-17).
In 2015 together with director Roberto Andò he created the video event for the new commission Il quadro nero (composer Marco Betta) and he worked with the director Lukas Hemleb for Tosca at Theater Kiel creating the video for Akhenaten, an opera by Philip Glass (semi-stage version) at MiTo settembre Musica.
In 2016 he worked in a new production of Tosca with director Daniele Abbado at Korean National Opera, Seoul.
In 2018 two new collaboration with director Roberto Andò: Turandot at Shanghai Grand Theatre and Conversazione su Tiresia by and with Andrea Camilleri at Teatro Greco, Siracusa. In 2019 he collaborated with Andreé Ruth Shammah in Knives in Hens by David Harrower at Spoleto Festival, Napoli Teatro Festival and Teatro Franco Parenti.
For season 2019/20 he collaborated with director Roberto Andò for Winter Journey (music by Ludovico Einaudi and libretto by Colm Toibin) a co-production by Teatro Massimo di Palermo and Teatro San Carlo in Naples.
2020 started with a video sequence for Il Turco in Italia at Teatro la Scala (director Roberto Andò) and the new production of Alcina (director Serena Sinigaglia) at Opera de Lorraine in Nancy.
Recovering from Covid19 crisis, Teatro Massimo di Palermo asked him to design a video installation for the event Sotto una nuova luce.