Enrico Castiglione Profile

Enrico Castiglione was born in Rome to parents of Sicilian origin. On today’s international scenario he is considered one of the best-known and respected musical theatre directors and set designer of his generation, as well as being the founder and artistic director of prestigious festivals and the tireless driving spirit of Italian musical life.

Castiglione’s style of direction is passionately realistic, characterized by a strong visual dimension of evident cinematographic inspiration, with stage sets always hallmarked by spectacular, surprising concepts. Some of Castiglione’s most successful opera productions, which he also directed for television and which have been broadcast by Italy’s RAI TV and international television networks, are also available in dvd and blu-ray format. These operas include Tosca for the Giacomo Puccini centennial, performed by Francesca Patané, José Cura and Renato Bruson, broadcast worldwide by RAI TV; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “love trilogy”, comprising the three operas with Lorenzo Da Ponte’s Italian librettos, The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and Così Fan Tutte, staged in 2001 at Rome’s Teatro Argentina in Rome; the rediscovery of Le Villi and Edgar, which are Giacomo Puccini’s first two works – both unjustly neglected – performed and recorded in 2004 at the “Grandi Terme” in Villa Adriana (a spectacular archaeological area, built at the gates of Rome by the Emperor Hadrian); the rediscovery of Mozart’s The Impresario, performed and recorded at Rome’s Teatro Quirino during the 2006 celebrations of the composer. Has achieved great success with the theater direction and television direction of operas as Medea (2007), Tosca (2008), Aida (2009), Turandot (2010), Nabucco (2011), Norma (2012), Rigoletto, Cavalleria Rusticana e Pagliacci (2013) represented at the Greek Theatre of Taormina and transmitted several times by major television networks in the world, as well as broadcast live worldwide in the cinemas and in television.

Alongside this ongoing reinterpretation of operatic works by Mozart, Puccini, Mascagni and others typical of the late Romantic period, there is Enrico Castiglione’s equally appreciable success in 20th-century theatre, first of all Leonard Bernstein’s Mass/Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers. The opera-musical was performed in its entirety for the first time as a stage production in 2000, in the Vatican’s Paul VI Audience Hall, with a cast of 16 famous Broadway musical stars (broadcast worldwide by RAI TV). Castiglione then continued to promote Bernstein’s music by his direction of the comic opera Candide, recorded at the Teatro Argentina in Rome and producing the first dvd of the great American composer’s masterpiece.

It is certainly no easy feat to summarize in a few lines Enrico Castiglione’s career as a theatre director and stage designer, without neglecting his equally impressive track record as a television director and producer of mega concerts with artists of the calibre of José Carreras, Lorin Maazel, Montserrat Caballé, Katia Ricciarelli, Cecilia Gasdia, Renato Bruson and Mstislav Rostropovich. Then there is his résumé as the founder and artistic director of festivals and concert seasons of international scope. Enrico Castiglione is the founder, president and artistic director of Festival Euro Mediterranean (Rome); founder, president and artistic director for many years of the Easter Festival held in Rome and in Vatican City; founder in 2009 and artistic director from the same year of the Italian Bellini Opera Festival dedicated in Sicily to Vincenzo Bellini; founder and artistic director from many years of the Taormina Festival at the Greek Theatre of taormina in Sicily and he is actually also artistic director of Taormina Arte. His many appointments include his role in the 2004 European Parliament commission to select the European cultural capitals; artistic director of the fifty Jubilee concerts  that His Holiness John Paul II commissioned for the 2000  Jubilee; artistic director of the 2000 opera season for Bari’s Teatro Petruzzelli; artistic director of the Easter festivals from 1998 to 2002; president of the international “Una Vita per la Musica” (A life for the Music) award, conferred each year for the career of great musical figures worldwide. Currently Enrico Castiglione is president and artistic director of the international “Montserrat Caballé” opera competition held in Andorra, Spain.

In addition to more than one hundred DVDs of his theatrical and television production, his books include conversations with Leonard Bernstein, Una Vita Per La Musica (1989, translated into twelve languages); the most complete edition of the letters of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1991, eight editions); the letters of Gioachino Rossini (1992, three editions).

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