Paolo Arrivabeni

My Butterfly is intended, or would like to be, a tale of a very sad story with great internal contrasts, where love is mixed death, where dreams collide with reality.
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by Bianca L. Nica
May 18, 2023
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No.4/2023

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INTRODUCTION

We had the pleasure of catching up with an old and dear friend of our magazine, M° Paolo Arrivabeni, on his debut of the 72nd title of his repertoire, Madama Butterfly, at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. M° Arrivabeni shared with us the insights of his Butterfly, but also about his career between the Italian theatres and the ones abroad, his wide repertoire, the dynamics of today’s artistic environment. 

BIOGRAPHY

Focusing his activity on the operatic repertoire, Paolo Arrivabeni collaborates with the most prestigious European opera houses, such as: Berlin Staatsoper and Berlin Deutsche Oper, Wiener Staatsoper, Leipzig Opernhaus, Zurich Opernhaus, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Semperopern in Dresden, Grand Theatre de Geneve, Opéra Bastille in Paris, Opéra de Lausanne, Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, Opéra de Montecarlo, Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos in Lisbon, Teatro de La Maestranza in Sevilla, Théâtre Municipal de Marseille, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, New National Theatre in Tokyo and Santa Fe Opera. . Paolo Arrivabeni has been the Music Director of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie from 2008 to 2017. . Most recently in Liège he conducted Ernani, Otello, Die Zauberflote, La Bohème, Turandot, Nabucco, Simon Boccanegra and also: Mozart's Requiem in Paris for Radio France; La Forza del destino and Boris Godunov in Geneva; I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Nabucco, Otello, Cavalleria Rusticana&Pagliacci and L'Arlesiana at the Deutsche Oper Berlin; La Bohème at the New National Theatre in Tokyo and in Geneva; Maria Stuarda in Rome and Berlin; Aida at the Chorégies d'Orange; La Rondine and La Forza del Destino in Toulouse; L'Italiana in Algeri in Madrid (Escorial) and in San Sebastian; Verdi's Requiem, Nabucco and Luisa Miller in Hamburg; Aids-Gala concert in Dusseldorf;Cavalleria Rusticana&Pagliacci in Genoa; Macbeth in Cagliari; I due Foscari at the Festival Verdi in Parma; Tosca at the Opera in Rome; Un Ballo in Maschera in Munich and La Bohème in Dresden and Hamburg. M° Arrivabeni returned to the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro conducting Demetrio e Polibio; Plans include: Tosca in Hamburg and at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin; Nabucco in Marseille and Dresden; Madama Butterfly in Duesseldorf; La Traviata at the Terme di Caracalla in Rome; Cavalleria Rusticana in Berlin (DOB); La Forza del Destino (concert version) in Oslo; Attila (concert version) and Un Ballo in maschera in Marseille and Simon Boccanegra in Zurich.

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INTERVIEW

Dear M° Arrivabeni, thank you for accepting once again to be interviewed for OPERA Charm Magazine right after adding the 72nd title to your repertoire: Puccini’s Madama Butterfly! What are the challenges this title poses for a conductor, should there be any after a career such as yours, with so much experience?  Taking on a new title is […]

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