Curriculum vitae



Born near Venice

Studies (languages and music : piano and trumpet) at Lausanne (Switzerland)

Debut as director in Italy (Theater of Siracusa) with Samson et Dalila with his father Mario del Monaco

Assistant stage director at the Deutsche Oper Berlin

Assistant stage director of Günther Rennert, Wieland Wagner and Walter Felsenstein in Stuttgart

Receives the Viotti d’oro award as Italy’s best operatic stage director of the year

Personal assistant of the General Manager of the Wiener Staatsoper, Rudolf Gamsjäger

 

1970
Debut as director in Gelsenkirchen (Germany) with Untreue lohnt nicht (Haydn)

1970/73
Principal stage director in Ulm (15 productions, including Der Freischütz, Tosca, Les Contes d’Hoffmann)

1975
General Manager of the festival of Montepulciano ( foundation of the festival together with Mario del Monaco)

1980/82
General Manager of the Staatstheater Kassel (Germany)

1986/88
General Manager of the Macerata Festival (Italy)

1987
Receives the Bundesverdienstkreuz 1.Klasse from the President of the Federal Republic of Germany

Receives the Cavaliere Ufficiale della Repubblica from the President of the Italian Republic for artistical merits

1991
Debut at the Metropolitan Opera with la Fanciulla del West - first of five productions

1992/97
General Manager of the Oper der Bundesstadt Bonn

1992
Nominated for the jury of the "Richard Tucker Music Foundation", New York, with James Conlon and James Levine

1993
Receives the title of Commendatore dell’Ordine al Merito della Republica Italiana

1995
Receives the Orden Nacional o Cruzeiro do Sul from Brazil for having realized the Brazilian work Il Guarany in Bonn (1994 with Placido Domingo, the following recording produced by Sony)

Receives the tittle of Honory Doctor of Cultural Arts from the Palm Beach Community College

Receives the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the French Minister for Culture


1996
Honored by the American Institute of Verdi Studies
in occasion of his fifth production for the Metropolitan Opera New York


1997/2001
General Manager of the Opera House of Nice, France

1998
Receives the prestigious Premio Illica for his archievements as Director and General Manager

2001
Receives the title of Citoyen d'Honneur de la Ville de Montpellier, France
Receives the "Aigle de Cristal" de la Ville de Nice, France

2007
Receives the title of Honorific Professor of the University of Alcalà, Madrid, Spain


2008
Receives the prestigious Lyric Award : stage director 2007 ,"Premios liricos Teatro Campoamor" (Oviedo, Spain) , for the production "Cavalleria Rusticana" of P. Mascagni and "I Pagliacci" of R. Leoncavallo at the"Teatro Real", Madrid.

2009/2011
Artistic Director of the Tenerife Festival

2013 / 2014 / 2015
He is planning productions at Beijing, Leipzig, Paris, Florence, Naples, Palermo, Bilbao....

2015        
Receives the title of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, France