Obituary: Designer Germán Droghetti Dies of Coronavirus, Aged 62

By Logan Martell

The Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Chile has reported that theatrical designer Germán Droghetti has died as a result of the coronavirus.

Born in 1958, Droghetti became involved with the theater when he won a competition to work on the sets and costumes for the Teatro Municipal’s productions. Over the decades, he worked on the operas “Carmen,” “The Barber of Seville,” “Salome,” “The Elixir of Love,” “Nabucco,” “The Magic Flute,” “Elektra,” and “Aida,” among others.

Droghetti was also a professor of history at Facultad de Artes de la Universidad de Chile where he taught classes in scenic design and graphic techniques.

In a statement from the theater’s Twitter account, the Teatro Municipal said of Droghetti, “In each production, he worked side by side with the theater’s technical, artistic, and administrative team, forging a deep working relationship that often transcended friendship.” General Director Carmen Gloria Larenas said of his passing, “It is very sad news. He was a professional who gave Municipal Theater of Santiago many years of his life, in different roles… He had many years left to continue creating.”