Lorenzo Mariani

Born in New York to Italian parents who were passionate lovers of opera, Lorenzo Mariani was educated at the Taft School, Connecticut, from which he graduated in 1973. He studied history and literature at Harvard College, graduating in 1977. As an active student at the Loeb Drama Center, he gave a taste of his inclination to directing. The first opera he directed at the beginning of his career was A kékszakállú herceg vára [The Bluebeard's castle], at the Municipal Theatre of Florence. He has directed opera productions at major theaters and festivals worldwide, including the Israeli Opera, Teatro comunale di Bologna, Wexford Festival Opera, Teatro Regio Turin, the Finnish National Opera, the San Francisco Opera and Chicago's Lyric Opera. He has a regular cooperation with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Florence's May Music Festival). His directing credits include the works: Don Giovanni (Ferrara), Rigoletto (Boston Lyric Opera, Monte Carlo, Lausanne), Madama Butterfly (Helsinki), La bohème (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Cavalleria rusticana, Pagliacci (Savonlinna Festival, Finland), La fanciulla del West (San Francisco Opera). He has collaborated with the most important theaters and festivals in Italy, as well as with renowned conductors such as: Claudio Abbado, Myung-whun Chung, John Eliot Gardiner, Daniele Gatti and Zubin Mehta. Since 2005, he is the artistic director of the Massimo Theatre in Palermo. He worked with the GNO in Macbeth. // Last update of the biography: April 2017 – The list of the productions below is complete.