Patrizia Di Paolo
“I have devoted the greater part of my life to music and its interpretation. As a director, I am always driven by my love and respect for the score. For me, music is a compelling theatrical ‘gesture’ which should never be betrayed by the director. I am passionate about bringing great masterpieces to the stage. I always adopt an intensely visual approach, echoing tradition and at the same time enhancing and complementing the composer’s intentions.
I love exploring a work in depth. I relish using light as an expressive tool. It can hide what is superfluous and triumphantly reveal what is of lasting importance. I love to make use of projections in a lyrical way, creating dreamlike impressions that magnify and reveal the psychology and emotion of the characters.”
Patrizia Di Paolo has spent the past decade directing and producing opera in Italy and abroad. Her productions have been well received by the audience and critics alike and have been referred to as “Wonderfully innovative”, and “Breathtakingly beautiful”.
In 2005 she became the Artistic Director of Musica a Palazzo in the Palazzo Barbarigo-Minotto in Venice. For Musica a Palazzo she has directed Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Verdi’s Rigoletto, and La Traviata, which the NY Times referred to as a “Striking Traviata”. Weltexpress wrote “…the passions and emotions bubbled throughout the theatre”, and Le Figaro referred to the production as “Transfigured by grace”.
In the summer of 2014 Patrizia directed Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro for the Trentino Music Festival in the Dolomiti region of northern Italy. In 2013 she directed La Traviata at the Festival Fontanalirica and Rigoletto at the Teatro Comunale di Treviso. Her 2012 debuts included Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte at the Teatro di Vipiteno, and Rigoletto at the Teatro Comunale di Ferrara. For the 2011 season she directed Rigoletto at the Teatro di Silandro, and the Teatro di Vipiteno.
In 2008 she directed Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Potsdam International Festival in Germany and in 2007 her production of La Traviata was presented at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton for the 41st Brighton International Festival in the United Kingdom. The production was warmly praised by audiences and critics and won the Brighton Argus press award for “best production of the Festival”. She has been artistic director of the opera production house “Dimensione lirica” since 2011.
Before becoming a stage director Patrizia Di Paolo studied piano at the Conservatorio di Musica di Cagliari and viola at the Conservatorio di Musica di Firenze. She has performed as first viola and soloist in the European Community Chamber orchestra, the Rai Orchestra in Milan, the Toscanini Orchestra in Parma, Bologna City Theatre and the Teatro La Fenice in Venice.