In October 2016, Stefania Bonfadelli gave her debut as a stage director with a new production of Donizetti's DON PASQUALE at the Auditorium de Tenerife. It was an important project with young singers in collaboration with Giulio Zappa, director of the Opera Estudio de Tenerife. She returned to Tenerife in December 2018 for a new production of Rossini's IL VIAGGIO A REIMS.
In the Summer of 2017, she was invited for a new production of Verdi’s UN GIORNO DI REGNO at the Festival della Valle d'Itria in Martina Franca, conducted by Sesto Quatrini.
Another milestone in her career was her first theatre direction: in September 2017 she staged Terrence McNally’s famous play MARIA CALLAS MASTER CLASS at the Parco della Musica in Rome, a production which was then taken on tour in several other Italian theatres.
In the Summer of 2019, she directed Rossini’s CORRADINO (the first version of Matilde di Shabran) at the Rossini Festival in Wildbad.
Current and future projects include: LA VEDOVA SOCRATE, a theatre monologue by the well-known Italian actress Franca Valeri, at the prestigious Anfiteatro Greco in Syracuse, at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan and in other Italian cities; the revival of MARIA CALLAS MASTER CLASS at the Parco della Musica in Rome and at the Teatro San Babila in Milan; a new production of IL VIAGGIO A REIMS at the Stadtstheater Augsburg.
In the Summer of 2021, she is returning to the Festival in Wildbad to direct Rossini’s LA SCALA DI SETA.
Stefania Bonfadelli graduated in Italian literature and musicology at La Sapienza University in Rome, where she deepened her knowledge of Rossini’s dramaturgy with Philip Gosset. She teaches Arte della coloratura at the Accademia Rodolfo Celletti in Martina Franca, Singing for actors at the National Academy of Dramatic Art “Silvio D'Amico” in Rome and Directing at the Opera Academy in Verona. She is a member of the Accademia dei Filodrammatici di Milano.
She was one of the most requested lyric coloratura sopranos of her generation and performed worldwide about sixty roles in theatres such as the Vienna State Opera, Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Rossini Opera Festival, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Oper Frankfurt, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Tokyo Opera House Bunka Kaikan, among others. She worked with prestigious conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Lorin Mazel, Sejij Ozawa, Daniel Oren and with famous directors like Dario Fo, Franco Zeffirelli, Robert Carsen, Luca Ronconi, Jürgen Flimm and Axel Corti. She recorded La Traviata for TDK with Placido Domingo as conductor and Franco Zeffirelli as stage director - Rai trade, Le Comte Ory for Deutsche Grammophon, Lucia di Lammermoor TDK, I Puritani for BMG.