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Mario Corradi

Stage director


Mario Corradi began his teatrical career at the Yale University Theatre where, between 1970 and 1974, acted in and directed a wide range of plays while completing his doctoral studies in Philosophy.

Upon his return to Milan he began teaching Philosophy (especially Greek and Contemporary) at the University of Milan. He has now retired from active teaching.

In 1977 he met Jean-Pierre Ponnelle and started working as his assistant until he made his debut as stage director with Il Matrimonio Segreto in Palermo, February 1982.

Since his debut he has also worked as an assistant of Ken Russell for the Charleston and Spoleto's  Madama Butterfly in 1983. During the 2015-2016 season he became the first Italian Director ever to be invited to produce a Wagner opera in Germany (Aachen’s Tannhäuser).

He speaks seven languages.

Operas he has directed include, among others:

Aida – Bari - Cincinnati Festival – Marseilles – Tyre Festival (Lebanon) – National Opera of Armenia, Yerevan

Amelia al Ballo - Montecarlo - Parma

Assedio di Corinto L’- Athens

Attila – Luglio Musicale Trapanese

Ballo in Maschera, Un – Detroit

Barber of Seville - Salerno – Detroit (two different productions)

Bianca e Fernando – Genova (as co-director with Sandro Sequi)

Boheme, La - Detroit (three different productions)

Carmen – Detroit, Parma

Cavalleria Rusticana - Taormina - Parma (2 different productions) – Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Cenerentola La - Parma - Tokyo (Direction, Sets and Costumes)- Athens – Palm Beach

Cosi’ Fan Tutte - Detroit

Don Giovanni - Madrid - Parma - Valencia (same production) - Opera Pacific- Hiroshima -

Tokyo -Sapporo – Belo Horizonte (Brazil)

Don Pasquale – Detroit

Elisir d’Amore L’- Trapani (with the winners of the Di Stefano competition) - Detroit –

Palm Beach

Falstaff - Parma - Marseille - Detroit

Fanciulla del West, La - Athens - Detroit

Faust – Detroit, Kiev

Gianni Schicchi , Il Maestro di Cappella, La Serva padrona Trapani (with the winners of

the Di Stefano competition)

Gioconda La, National Opera of Ukraine (sponsored by the Italian Institute of Culture in


Italiana in Algeri L’- Trapani (with the winners of the Di Stefano competition)

• La tragédie de Carmen - Opera Naples

Lucia di Lammermoor - Macerata – Bergamo (Festival Donizetti)- Brescia- Detroit- Seoul

Luisa Miller – Aachen

Macbeth – Jesi - Malta

Manon Lescaut – (with the winners of the Di Stefano competition)

Madama Butterfly - Detroit (2 different productions)

Maria Golovin – Athens

Matrimonio Inaspettato, Il – (Paisiello, first modern performance) Positano (Naples)

Merry Widow, the - Cagliari

Nabucco - Detroit

Norma -Detroit

Nozze di Figaro - Tokyo – Palm Beach - Detroit

Orfeo ed Euridice - Bad Hersfeld - Madrid - Montecarlo (2 different productions)

Otello - Opera Pacific - Detroit

Puritani, I - Tokyo

Retablo de Maese Pedro, El - Cagliari

Rigoletto – Detroit - Malta

Rita e Il Signor Bruschino – Trapani

Romeo et Juliette - Novara

Simon Boccanegra - Rio de Janeiro

Sonnambula, La - Dallas

Tannhäuser - Aachen

Teseo Riconosciuto, Il - Jesi (Opera by Spontini, first modern performance)

• Trittico, Il - Aachen

• Tosca - Athens - St.Gallen - Bari - Detroit - International festival of Baalbek, Torre del Lago  Puccini Festival(sets and costumes of Igor Mitoraj - for commercial DVD)

Traviata, La – Piacenza - Detroit (two different productions) – Belo Horizonte

Turandot – National Opera of Ukraine in Kiev - Novara – Alessandria- Malta

Werther - Detroit ( broadcast live on the Internet)

Administrative experience:

From 1980 to 1982 Mario Corradi worked as a member of the Artistic Direction at the Teatro  Comunale/ Maggio Musicale in Florence.

Under the auspices of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from 2003 to 2005 he organized three  opera productions for the Ukraine National Opera as well as the re-opening of the National Opera of Armenia in Yerevan (2010) with a production of AIDA.

Opera training experience:

As a member of the Giuseppe di Stefano International Competition, from 1994 until 2007, Mario Corradi, together with Soprano Magda Olivero, gave Master Classes in acting to the Competition winners. The competition was aimed at finding singers for an Opera. The prize was the role. The winners had to go through a series of master classes: Magda Olivero was teaching voice, I was teaching acting. After the initial training, regular rehearsals began and the operas were performed during a Summer Festival.