Alessandro Talevi – Director
One of the leading stage directors of his generation, Alessandro Talevi was born in Johannesburg. He studied music and history of art at the University of the Witwatersrand and piano accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Awards include Best Opera Production at the 2012 Manchester Theatre Awards (Don Giovanni) and third prize at the European Opera Directing Award in Wiesbaden in 2007. Talevi was the opera nomination in the Times Breakthrough Award category at the 2014 Sky Arts/Southbank Awards. He was nominated as 'Best Newcomer' in the Opernwelt 2009 Yearbook.
In demand across the world, recent work includes Albert Herring (Maggio Musicale, Florence), La Cenerentola (Teatro Regio di Torino), Idomeneo (Teatro La Fenice), Anna Bolena (Teatro Donizetti, Bergamo), Roberto Devereux (Teatro Real, Madrid), Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci (Macerata Festival), Tosca (Opera di Roma), La Traviata (Opera North), Le Nozze di Figaro (Central City Opera, Colorado), L'amour des trois Oranges (Maggio Musicale, Florence), Rigoletto (Ancona), Anna Bolena and Roberto Devereux (both for Welsh National Opera), Crispino e la Comare (Valle d'Itria Festival, Martina Franca), Katya Kabanova (Landestheater Coburg), The Turn of the Screw (Opera North, Israeli Opera and Central City Opera) Don Giovanni (Opera North), Amadigi di Gaula (Central City Opera), La Traviata (Cape Town Opera) and La Cenerentola (Malmö Opera).
Future productions include Tosca (Bunka Kaikan,Tokyo and Opera di Roma), L'histoire du soldat (Maggio Musicale, Florence), Margherita d'Anjou (Valle d'Itria Festival, Martina Franca) and Don Giovanni (Opera North).
Supported by William and Judith Bollinger, Talevi was artistic director of Independent Opera at Sadler's Wells from 2006-2010. His IO production of Pelléas et Mélisande was a shortlist nomination at the 2009 Royal Philharmonic Society awards. Talevi has also produced several high-profile experimental stagings in unconventional spaces around London, including Art Plus Opera (Whitechapel Art Gallery), Open Outcry (Mansion House), Amadigi di Gaula (Wigmore Hall), and a Shakespeare/Purcell evening at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse for the BBC Proms.