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An internationally recognized director of opera, Stefano Vizioli’s Italian debut took place at the Barga Opera Festival with a production of Impresario delle Canarie by Domenico Sarro in 1979 and has since staged new productions at major theatres and opera houses in Europe. In 2000 he debuted in USA at Philadelphia Opera Company with Italiana in Algeri, with Stephanie Blythe and the American debut of Juan Diego Florez. This production was broadcasted by American television.
Collaborating with outstanding artists and designers and promoting emerging talent, he takes a special interest in contemporary opera, unknown baroque masterpieces and in producing opera for wider audiences.
Opera works in recent seasons have included Rigoletto at the Lyric opera of Chicago, Madama Butterfly at the Teatro dell'Opera of Rome and Puccini Festival of Torre del Lago, Suor Angelica and Cavalleria Rusticana at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Rigoletto at the Verdi Festival of Parma, Simon Boccanegra at the Santa Fe Opera Festival, Motezuma by Vivaldi at the Sao Carlos of Lisbon, Samson et Dalila at the SainktGallerFestpiele, Rigoletto at the NCPA of Beijing, I Due Foscari at the Theatre du Capitole of Toulouse, Acis and Galatea at the International Festival of Music of Macao, Lombardi alla prima crociata at the Colon of Buenos Aires, Rigoletto at the Maestranza Theater of Seville, Mese Mariano and Le Villi at the Spoleto Festival USA, Orontea by Cesti at the Innsbruck Baroque Festival.
He was one of the creators of OPERABHUTAN, in a production of Acis and Galatea by Handel in the heart of the Himalayas www.operabhutan.com
He went on to create a second cross-cultural project, Japan Orfeo, for the 150th anniversary of bilateral relations between Italy and Japan, which was realised in October 2016, filmed by NHK Television and was honoured by the presence of H.R.H Empress Michiko. Both productions are a part of the project operaESTrema, creation of cross-cultural events that bring together diverse cultures in the name of cultural exchange and friendship www.operaestrema.com
He has directed the first Italian performances of May Night by Rimsky Korsakov, The Devil and Daniel Webster by Douglas Moore and Casanova’s Homecoming by Dominick Argento.
He has directed the revival of Veremonda by Francesco Cavalli at the Spoleto Charleston Festival in 2015, with sets and costumes by the pop artist Ugo Nespolo.
His production of Madama Butterfly at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, with the set conceived by the famous Italian architect Aldo Rossi, was performed from 1986 to 2010 in the major Italian opera houses and in France.
His production of Barber of Seville (1995 Ferrara Musica, conductor Claudio Abbado) and Don Pasquale (1994 Teatro alla Scala, conductor Riccardo Muti) are still performed all over the world, and many productions were broadcasted by Italian and foreign televisions.
Examples of his works on DVD include: Don Pasquale by Donizetti Scala di Milano, conductor Riccardo Muti, Don Pasquale Teatro di Cagliari conductor Gerard Kostner, Motezuma by Vivaldi conductor Alan Curtis, I due Figaro by Carafa conductor Brad Cohen, Barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini conductor Andrea Battistoni, Madama Butterfly conducted by Larry Gilgore, Luisa Miller by Verdi conducted by Michael Güttler, Il Trovatore by Verdi conducted by Paolo Arrivabeni, Rigoletto by Verdi conducted by Massimo Zanetti.
Renowned contemporary artists and architects have collaborated in realizing sets and costumes: Aldo Rossi (Madama Butterfly), Luigi Veronesi (Midsummer Night’s Dream) Ugo Nespolo (Madama Butterfly, Elisir d'amore, Veremonda), Gianni Dessì (il Cordovano), Renato Guttuso (Cavalleria Rusticana).
He has been Visiting Professor for the Cincinnati University of Music in the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, the University of Texas.
In Kanuary 2017 he became Artistic Director of Teatro Verdi di Pisa.
Stefano Vizioli holds a degree in piano from the Conservatorio San Pietro a Majella in Naples and has produced radio and television programs dealing with the world of Opera.
Stefano Vizioli was a member of the artistic board of the prestigious Accademia Filarmonica Romana and was elected Academic in 1995.
Among the many activities dedicated to social work, Vizioli has directed the opera Amahl and the night visitors by Menotti in the Pagliarelli prison of Palermo.
For more detailed information, reviews and future engagements, see Stefano Vizioli’s web page at www.stefanovizioli.it