I act. I sing. I write. Sometimes at the same time. It's hard.
Imagine Shakespeare coming out with Hamlet while juggling melons on a tight rope.
It's like that. Yes. More or less.
A few words about me…
I don't like to talk about myself. I would rather let the work do the talking... just kidding, i would talk about myself for hours.
The most interesting thing I can say though is:
I remember being four. I remember looking up at the faces of the adults around me. I saw a lot of sadness. A lack of faith. A lot of doubt. And I couldn't understand it. Not when it was so easy to ask about the secret of life to the dryad living in my cherry tree; or to tell the wind to do my bidding (he was naughty, but he always listened eventually); or to summon entire worlds into existence from a scribble on a piece of paper.
"When I grow up, I'll teach everybody to believe in magic again".
And so it is. That's what being an artist is to me.
What others say:
“Carlo is an artiste of the highest calibre.”
Anthony Drewe, Broadway writer
“Carlo is an impressive artist and a great asset to the artistic community.”
Judy Kuhn, actress and Tony nominee
"I know every director that has worked with Carlo would jump at the chance to do so again."
Robert Norton Hale, artistic director for "Opera Up Close, London"
“You’re a unicorn!
Tiffany Little Canfield, casting director, Telsey
Carlo was born in Alba, a small city in Northern Italy, known for great wine and expensive truffles and for being the birthplace of writer Beppe Fenoglio and the Nutella chocolate.
Without knowing what Theatre was, he was putting on shows for parents and family using his He-man and She-Ra dolls to recreate the adventures of Greek gods and heroes from mythology. Since he was at it, he usually stuck a song or two in there also.
Believe it or not, it came in useful: while studying classics at the Liceo Classico G.Govone he started taking part in the theatre lab, and the second he got his way Antigone’s chorus was redirected to be a full-blown melo-logue underscored by the music of “Dead Can Dance”.
Tired of all the singing, his family sent him off to London, where he got accepted at the Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts to study acting. They thought the English language would prove to be a somewhat welcome restraint, but fed on a diet of Oscar Wilde, Emily Bronte and Will he was soon writing plays in iambic pentameter and rhyming couplets. With songs in them.
He eventually gave in and decided to start studying musical theatre, earning a Masters degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD) and then, back in London, with the Associated Studios.
Since then he has worked as actor, singer and writer in all media and in many places.
Carlo worked extensively at the Edinburgh Festival. In 201 He originated the role of Father Sturt in “Jago”, an adaptation of the Arthur Morrison novel.
He sang the role of Pirelli in of Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd” and created the character of Francis French in FeedtheDucks’ “Happyland the musical”, as well as reprising the role of Daisy the Cow in “Apocalypse the musical”, the only show ever to receive a rating of over five stars at the Fringe.
He brought Shakespeare back to Verona by starring as Mercutio in an original language promenade production of “Romeo and Juliet” for the Teatro Stabile.
He then went on to showcase his tenor voice in Opera Up Close’s production of “La Boheme”, which earned the Olivier Award for best opera in 2011.
At the same time he started working on camera and starred as the lead, Carlo Mancini, in the revolutionary drama-meets-reality-meets-documentary web show “Conquering Demons” for Bebo, as well as multiple short films and media projects such as “A Strike of Love” by filmmaker Sara Galvao and “Melting Pot” by Riccardo Sai.
He relocated to NYC in 2013. In the new continent he starred as Dante in “Behind Closed Doors” at the New York fringe Festival. He was Charlie in the pre-NYMF staged reading of “The Runaway Clone”, and went back to classical theatre in Oscar Wilde’s “Salome”, playing Iokanaan for the Roots and Wings’ festival.
He performed in many productions for director and writer Lisa Monde, including “Dracula’s Call: a rock opera” (he played Flameout) at the legendary cabaret venue Don’t Tell Mama, “The Third Wish” at the Gene Frenkel theatre (he played The Superior Reason) and the ongoing children’s project “Songs from Fairytales”.
In NYC he also turned his attention to his voice-overs, becoming the Italian voice for “Kayak” commercials as well as dubbing numerous cartoons for the Italian market (he played Franco in “Brinken” and Lee in “Nano Invaders”, both for Mondo Tv).
His writing started flourishing too.
Like almost all the musical theatre authors of old, Carlo has teamed up with musician Matt Randall to bring life to musical theatre stories.
Their first work, “Chasing Icarus”, has been workshopped in NYC and London and is currently in the final stages of revision. In 2015 songs from the show were selected by the Symphony Orchestra of Guiyang, China, to be performed in a musical theatre revue next to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sondheim classics as examples of contemporary and avant-garde musical theatre. Carlo duetted his pieces with Chinese diva Aveta Chen.
Carlo and Matt are currently working on their second full-length musical, “Just Bee”.
Carlo produced additional lyrics for the musical play “Travels with my Aunt” by Styles and Drewe, which debuted in Chichester, UK, in April 2016.
Carlo is also adapting and translating the third season of popular cartoon “The Spike Team” for RAI Tv, Italy; he is responsible for the final scripts of both the Italian and English versions of the show.