Cesare Lievi

Stage Director

The stage director, dramaturg and author Cesare Lievi has already had international success, especially in the German speaking world (Germany, Austria and Switzerland), when in 1996 he was nominated Artistic Director of the Teatro Stabile di Brescia, Italy.

At the beginning of his career he did several productions together with his brother, the stage designer Daniele Lievi who unfortunately died very young. Together they founded the Teatro dell’Acqua in their hometown Gargnano at the Lake Garda. His successes there were followed by invitations to do the stage directions of plays by Von Hofmannsthal, Strindberg, Ionescu, Pirandello, B. Strauss, Beckett, Goethe, Hölderlin and several operas at the Biennale Venice, in Frankfurt, Berlin (Schaubühne), Vienna (Burgtheater), Hamburg (Thalia Theater), Basel, Heidelberg and for several times he was invited to join the Berliner Theatertreffen.

Besides regularly doing stagings of drama plays, Cesare Lievi has gained big successes with operas within the last years, for example Rossini’s La Cenerentola at the Metropolitan Opera, works by Richard Strauss, Rossini and Offenbach, Puccini’s Le Villi, Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia and Handel’s Giulio Cesare at the Zurich Opera House, Strawinsky’s The Rakes Progress in Modena and Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen in Catania.

He was awarded the Italian critics’ award for his staging of Kleist’s Der Zerbrochene Krug.

Michael Gruber

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