ALESSIO VLAD, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF TEATRO REGIO DI PARMA FOR THE THREE-YEAR PERIOD 2023-2025

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by OPERA Charm Team
April 1, 2023

Proposed by Superintendent Luciano Messi, Alessio Vlad will serve as Artistic Director of the Teatro Regio di Parma for the three-year period 2023-2025.

BIOGRAPHY

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INTERVIEW

Artistic Director of the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome from 2010 until last March, in 1999 he held the same position at the Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo, from 1999 to 2001 at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, from 2004 to 2014 at the Teatro delle Muse in Ancona, from 2006 to 2007 at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, and from 2008 to 2020 he was a consultant to the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto.
In 2011, he was invited to participate in the conception of the artistic project for the opening season of the Royal Opera House of Oman; since 2015, he has been artistic director of the Rete Lirica delle Marche; from 2002 to 2006, he served on the Board of Directors of the Ravello Foundation, directing one of its sections; and then, between 2016 and 2018 and since 2020, he has been artistic director of the Festival.

Born in Rome in 1955, Alessio Vlad studied piano at the school of Vincenzo Vitale, composition and conducting at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia and Accademia Chigiana in Siena with Guido Turchi and Franco Ferrara, and musical phenomenology with Sergiu Celibidache. At the same time he attended the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy and Cesare Brandi’s Art History courses at the University of Rome. After serving as substitute maestro at the Spoleto Festival and at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, where he worked with, among others, conductors such as Thomas Schippers, Bruno Bartoletti, and Gianandrea Gavazzeni, directors such as Luchino Visconti and Eduardo de Filippo, composers such as Nino Rota, and after being a student and collaborator of Leonard Bernstein, he began a conducting career that led him to conduct operas and concerts all over the world.

The Association of Italian Music Critics has awarded ten Abbiati Awards, for different categories, performances produced during his artistic direction by the Theaters of Genoa, Ancona, Naples and Rome.

As a composer for theater and cinema, he has collaborated with directors such as Bernardo Bertolucci, Franco Zeffirelli, Cristina Comencini, Giorgio Ferrara and Pier Luigi Pizzi, among others.

“Alessio Vlad is a highly experienced and competent artistic director,” says Michele Guerra, Mayor of Parma and President of the Teatro Regio Foundation, “who will make a fundamental contribution in enriching the artistic and cultural offerings of the Teatro Regio Foundation. I thank him for accepting this role, which will see him working alongside the new Superintendent Luciano Messi and operating in a city that I know Alessio Vlad already considers in some ways part of his artistic journey. Good work to our artistic director.”

“With the appointment of Alessio Vlad as Artistic Director of the Teatro Regio di Parma,” says Superintendent Luciano Messi, “we complete the team that already includes Barbara Minghetti, Head of Special Projects and Curator of Verdi Off, and Francesco Izzo, Scientific Director of the Verdi Festival and Education Director of the Verdi Academy. Thanks to the integration of skills of this new team and the professional abilities of all the staff of the Theater, we will be able to continue and expand the path of growth of our Institution, dialoguing with the city, the territory and their many cultural, social, and musical expressions, and expanding our boundaries in Italy and around the world. To Alessio Vlad, to whom I am bound by a long-standing relationship of collaboration and esteem, I bring the Regio’s embrace and best wishes for good work.”

“I thank Luciano Messi, Michele Guerra and the Board of Directors of the Teatro Regio di Parma. I am honored by this assignment, which gives me the opportunity to work in one of the most beautiful theaters in the world,” says Alessio Vlad, “and I am happy about it for two particular reasons: the first is Giuseppe Verdi, and the second is precisely the City of Parma with its wonderful Teatro Regio, where I look forward to arriving”.

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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.

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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.

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His multidisciplinary education opened the doors towards research, which is seen both through his participation in national and international conferences and symposia, such as the Salzburg Easter School PhD-forum, organized by the Salzburg Universität or the Silesian Meeting of Young Scholars, organized by the Institute of English at the University of Silesia, as well as the collaboration with Opera Charm Magazine.

During his student years, he won several prizes, including the Grand Prize at the “Paul Constantinescu” National Musical Interpretation Competition, the Romanian Composers and Musicologists’ Union Prize at the same competition, the First Prize and the Schubert Prize at the “Ada Ulubeanu” Competition.

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