Opera direction

Winner of the audience prize in Salzburg for best production of the season 2012/2013 at the Landestheater, Jacopo Spirei’s opera engagement as director include: Falstaff, Elisir d’amore (Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe), Don Giovanni, Così Fan Tutte, Nozze di Figaro, Brokeback Mountain, Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagoony, Pilger von Mekka (Salzburg Landestheater), Cambiale di Matrimonio (Theater an der Wien – Kammeroper), Don Giovanni (San Francisco Opera), Falstaff  (Festival Verdi in Parma), Nabucco (festival Como città della musica), The bear, Maderna’s Satyricon and Matrimonio Segreto (Danish Royal Opera), Cenerentola (Festival Internacional de Música, Cartagena, Colombia), Pagliacci (short works at Wexford Festival Opera), a double bill of Bastiano e Bastiana and Paisiello’s Serva Padrona (Lugo Opera Festival, Teatro Comunale di Bologna), Così fan tutte (Ente concerti Marialisa de Carolis, Sassari), Le Nozze di Figaro, Madama Butterfly (Co-operaCo London).


Photo: Mary Marshania

Photo: Mary Marshania

Teaching work

He enjoys extensive teaching work with young, up and coming talents in opera. He is associate professor of Opera at the Oslo Academy of Opera (KhiO) and has a long collaboration with the Opera Academy of the Royal Opera House in Copenhagen directing scenes and short works as well the Accademia della Scala and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Artistic Director Work

Between 2006 and 2011 he has been artistic director and founder of www.spurio.com, an experimental project involving opera, filmmaking, video art and live performance, that culmintated in the production of a feature film based on the myth of Orpheus with live music composed by Davide Fensi.