Character : Brighella is one of the oldest and truest representations of the buffoon servant of Italian repertoire. His name comes from “briga”, quarrelsome. Just like Harlequin, he comes from Bergamo in Lombardy, but he is far more astute since he lives in the “upper” city. He defines himself as follows: “I am famous for the best of treacheries since I invented them all.” Frauds and intrigues are his brand name.
Capable of anything, cunning as a fox, impudent with women, ultra brave when he has nothing to fear, thanks to his smooth tongue, his talents as a musician and dancer, and an uncanny ability, Brighella can render multiple services. He finds himself perfectly able to carry out any and all occupations and becomes, in turn, according to the needs of the moment, bar owner, sergeant, clerk or servant. He arranges marriages and manipulates his Masters without scruple.
Costume and Mask : He wears a coat and an odd hat in the shape oa a cap, with green tassels. A purse and a dagger hang from his belt. His dark or greenish mask is coarser than Harlequin’s. He sports a large handle-bar moustache. He has prominent eyebrows and deep-set eyes