Franco Ripa di meana

Franco Ripa di meana

Stage Director

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In 1984 he made his debut as an actor with the  La  Gaia Scienza theatre company at the Venice Biennale, directed by Giorgio Barberio Corsetti.  He left the company to work as a staff director, first at the Teatro la Scalain Milan (1987 to 1989), then in many of the leading italian and european opera houses and theatres.  From 1990 to 2000 he collaborated with Luca Ronconi and  with Graham Vick, taking responsability for reviving  many of their productions. As a director in his own right  he made his italian  debut at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples in 1991, with the chamber opera  Le Notti Bianche  by Franco Mannino. He made his wider european debut  at Wexford Festival Opera in 1998 with “La Fiamma” by Ottorino Respighi. Since then he has staged about fourty operas, including works by contemporary composers (Berio, Sciarrino, Panni, Ferrero, Arcà, Scogna, Rendine), as well as titles from the classical repertoire (Carmen, Butterfly,Boheme, Don Giovanni, Figaro, Seraglio, Attila, Boccanegra, Bluebeard's Castle, Return of Ulysses), as well as lesser known repertoire by composers such as Mosca, Pacini, Ibert, Respighi and Rendano. His productions have been presented at various opera houses, both in Italy (Regio di Torino, Comunale di Firenze, Comunale di Bologna, Massimo di Palermo, Opera di  Roma, Caio Melisso di Spoleto, Valli di Reggio Emilia, Verdi di Parma, Verdi di Trieste ), and abroad (Wexford Festival Opera, City of Birmingham Touring Opera, Opera Zuid, Grazer Oper, ABAO Bilbao). He has established the first opera touring company in Italy, OPERAOGGI ( In the summer of 2006, the company’s first production: “Carmen (se ti amo attento a te!)”, has opened and toured central Italy. Since then, the company has toured its shows in five different italian regions, in a variety of venues such as open air theathres, squares, parks, theathres, a cave, a tobacco manifacture. In october 2006  he made his debut at Teatro alla Scala , staging  Ascanio  in Alba by Mozart. He wrote for the composer Nicola Sani the libretto of the opera “Il tempo sospeso del volo”, entirely based on archives material dedicated to the life of the anti-mafia judge Giovanni Falcone, killed by the mafia with 400 kilograms of TNT in 1992 . He then staged “Il tempo sospeso del volo” world premiére in Reggio Emilia in october 2007, in a cooproduction beetween OPERAOGGI, I Teatri di Reggio Emilia and Festival Verdi di Parma.  In may 2008,  a DVD of this production, shooted by the italian fim-maker Stefano Pasetto, has been released for the home video circuit by the biggest italian distributor, Medusa Film. He has also written the libretto of Cell 27, an opera about the last days of Galeazzo Ciano, Mussolini son–in-law  jaled and then executed by the regime in 1944; composer Marcello Panni is currently  writing the score.  He teaches ‘regia’ at the Accademia di Belle Arti of Carrara, and regularly holds workshops at the Scuola dell’Opera Italiana in Bologna.  In 2009, he  staged  Tosca (opening of Opera di Roma summer season at the Caracalla Baths ,and with a tour de force Verdi’s “Trilogy” (Traviata, Rigoletto and Trovatore)  in  three subsequent evening for Teatro del Maggio Musicale in Florence. In 2010 he made his debut at the National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing, the most important operatic venue in China, with Elisir d'Amore, and staged Aida at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. Recent engagements have included the opening of 2011 season of Teatro la Fenice in Venice, with Intolleranza 1960 by Luigi Nono, a long- awaited title returning to the very theather where it had its premiere, for the first time after 50 years.
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