Alessandro Talevi, photograph Paul Foster-Williams

Alessandro was appointed INDEPENDENT OPERA at Sadler’s Wells’ first Artistic Director shortly after completing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music. He has since gone on to forge an international career as a director. 

“The most challenging phase in a young director’s career is the transition from doing your own shoestring productions, and working as an assistant for established directors, to being trusted by opera companies and festivals with a full production of your own. This is where Independent Opera offers such a unique opportunity and fills a gap in the market, as it provides an unparallelled level of support for young directors to create high-quality productions in a central London venue.” Alessandro Talevi

A graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, Alessandro came to the attention of William and Judith Bollinger while he was studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London. With their support he mounted fully staged productions of The Sofa and The Departure, Orlando, La scala di seta and Pelléas et Mélisande for IO. His IO production of Pelléas et Mélisande was shortlisted at the 2009 Royal Philharmonic Society awards. In the same year, he was nominated as 'Best Newcomer' in the Opernwelt 2009 Yearbook. His staging of Don Giovanni for Opera North won Best Opera Production at the 2012 Manchester Theatre Awards, and he was the opera nomination in the Times Breakthrough Award category at the 2014 South Bank Sky Arts Awards. His recent work includes Tosca (Opera di Roma); Der Barbier von Bagdad and Katya Kabanova (Landestheater Coburg); and The Turn of the Screw (Opera North, The Israeli Opera and Central City Opera).  Future productions include Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci (Macerata Festival), Roberto Devereux (Teatro Real, Madrid) and Anna Bolena (Bergamo).

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