David Livermore

We need artistic directors, not only managers or bureaucrats but real artists, aware of the importance of bringing Teathre into people’s lives.
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by Bianca L. Nica
July 31, 2023
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No.6/2023

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INTRODUCTION

Currently working on a set for the movie The Opera! in Turin, a musical opera directed, written, and scripted by him and Paolo Gep Cucco, Davide Livermore answered our questions in a conversation with Bianca L. Nica. He talked about the movie, the differences between working on the theatre stage and with cameras, how he made the transition from singing to directing, and what he believes are the biggest challenges in the world of performing arts.

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Turin, Italy, Livermore is a director, a singer, a set costume and lighting designer, a choreographer, a screenwriter, an actor and a teacher. As a tenor he performed with artists like Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Josè Carreras. As a director, he worked in the most important theatres worldwide including Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Philadelphia Opera House, Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, Sidney Opera House and Bolshoi Theatre. He worked for Italian Swiss Television as director, screenwriter and actor in W Verdi, Giuseppe (film) and in Livermore sciò (TV show), for which he was nominated for the Prix de la Rose d'Or prize in Montreux. In 2013 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Center de Perfeccionament Plácido Domingo at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, where he became Intendente in 2015. At the Palau, his direction of La forza del destino, conducted by Zubin Mehta won the Campoamor Prize in 2015 as best show of the year. I Vespri siciliani at the Teatro Regio in Turin opened the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the Unity of Italy and entered the ranking of the Top Ten Musical Events of 2011 for the magazine "Musical America". He won the ‘Prix de la Critique de l’Europe Francophone’ with Adriana Lecouvreur for the opening of the season 2017/2018 of the Opéra de Montecarlo. More recently he directed Tamerlano, his first work at Teatro alla Scala in Milan in 2017, soon followed by Don Pasquale. He then opened the season of La Scala for four years running, like no one ever before: in 2018 with Attila, in 2019 with Tosca, with the TV event ‘…A riveder le stelle’, and the most recent Macbeth, broadcast worldwide on 7th December 2021. We also remember the successful collaboration with Istituto Nazionale del Dramma Antico, for which he has set up Elena (Euripide) and Orestea (Eschilo) at Teatro Greco in Siracusa between 2019 and 2022. His extraordinary results and his huge professional and personal effort granted him the assignement of the prestigious Eschilo d’Oro. Artistic director of Teatro Baretti in Turin for a long time, he is currently director of Teatro Nazionale in Genoa, Italy.

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INTERVIEW

Mr Livermore, thank you once again for having accepted our invitation!  Our questions find you in the middle of the sets for the movie “The Opera!” in Turin, a musical opera directed, written, and scripted by you and Paolo Gep Cucco, with an international cast that features, among others, Valentino Buzza, Mariam Battistelli, Vincent Cassel, […]

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Alice Lechner

Alice Lechner comes from a music-loving family. Her first encounter with the opera universe was at the tender age of six. The grandeur of the stage productions and costumes, the backstage chatter, and last, but definitely not least, the music left her in awe, beginning with Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The overall feeling that opera awakens in anyone who gets a glimpse into this part of artistic eternity, that each and every day passes the test of time, was what drew her to stay and be a part of this world. The Opera House of Brașov became her second home, and the people who worked there were her second family.

Since then, Alice has devoted her spare time to maximising her musical knowledge through instrumental studies, studying both piano and violin for a short time. In the following years, her number one passion stepped out of the limelight and graciously gave way to Law Studies.
Since 2018 she has been studying Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Her passion for opera, even if it is no longer her top professional priority in terms of career, it has most definitely become her priority during her free time. Wanting to experience the best of both worlds and extend her musical horizons, she regularly attends opera performances throughout Romania and abroad.
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Oana Zamfir

Oana Zamfir is a second year MA student at the “George Enescu” National University of Arts, at the Department of Musicology.

She studied violin for 12 years at the “Stefan Luchian” High School of Art in Botosani, later focusing on the theoretical aspects of music. In 2019 she completed her bachelor studies in Musicology as a student of the National Academy of Music “Gheorghe Dima” in Cluj-Napoca. Her research during 2018-2019 brought to the forefront elements of the archaic ritual within works of composers who activated during the communist period, giving her the opportunity to start a research internship at the “Carl von Ossietzky” University in Germany. In this context, she recorded conversations with members of the Sophie Drinker Institute in Bremen, and had access to documents directly from the Myriam Marbé archive.

Since 2019 she has been a teacher of Music Education and Theoretical Music Studies, making full use of interactive methods in the musical training of students and working, at the same time, with the children’s choir founded in the first year of her activity.

Her interests include pursuing a degree in interior design in 2020.

Alexandru Suciu

Alexandru Suciu inherited his passion for art growing up in a family of several generations of musicians. He began his musical studies at the “Augustin Bena” School of Music in Cluj, where he studied piano and guitar. Even though his main study direction was philological, his passion for music prevailed. He began his academical journey at the Faculty of Letters of the “Babeș-Bolyai” University, studying Comparative literature and English. He continued by studying Opera Singing at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy. He also graduated the Musical Education section, followed by Artistic Directing at the Musical Performing Arts department.

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Her little soul rubric – from 2021 to present – is definitely the Conductors of the Future, where, every month, she gives you the chance to meet a young star of the world of conducting and, of course, to find out what’s the most charming feature of opera in these artists’ views.

BIANCA L. NICA

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