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


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

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

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

General Manager of the Staatstheater Kassel (Germany)

General Manager of the Macerata Festival (Italy)

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

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

General Manager of the Oper der Bundesstadt Bonn

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

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

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

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

General Manager of the Opera House of Nice, France

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

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

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

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.

Artistic Director of the Tenerife Festival

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

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