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Winner of the Audience prize in Salzburg for best production of the season 2012/2013 at the Landestheater, and Associate professor for Opera at Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo Jacopo Spirei’s opera engagement as director include: Don Giovanni, Così Fan Tutte, Nozze di Figaro at the Salzburger Landestheater, Cambiale di Matrimonio as the opening production of the first season of Theater an der Wien in Kammeroper, Elisir d’amore opening season at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Don Giovanni at San Francisco Opera, Falstaff at the award winning Festival Verdi in Parma, american premiere of Charles Wuorinen’s Brokeback Mountain in New York.
He has worked with renowned Graham Vick as associate and revival director all over the world.
Operas directed by Jacopo Spirei
About my work
Opera is not an élite genre, opera speaks to all of us: it can teach us a lot about life and it is and incredible instrument to understand ourselves; opera is also the best form of live theatre!
We don't put on stage ourselves but human kind.
A staging has to present something necessary, necessary to our lives. Even a light comedy must have something to say.
What I find crucial is to look into a work and see what is in it, but by the same token every art form needs renewal, needs to be able to speak to a modern audience.
Art is not a choice is a call