Rosetta_headshotRosetta Cucchi studied at the ‘Rossini’ Conservatoire in Pesaro and DAMS University in Bologna.

The winner of numerous piano competitions in Italy and abroad, she worked with the RAI Symphony Orchestra in Rome as a pianist and became involved in several RAI opera productions.

Her career as pianist of singers like Mariella Devia or Sonia Ganassi has taken her for recitals to major venues such as La Scala in Milan, Santa Cecilia in Rome, Teatro Real in Madrid and the Japan Opera Foundation in Tokyo and others.

Early on she took up a parallel career as director, debuting with Gardel’s IL PASSO DELL’ANIMA at Teatro Bellini in Catania and a successful production of LA SCALA DI SETA by Rossini in Teatro La Maestranza of Siviglia.

Known both as an inventive producer and as a piano player, Rosetta Cucchi has established herself as one of the most innovative Italian opera directors of his generation. Reviewing her staging in 2004 of an unknown Opera by Walter Braunfels PRINZESSIN BRAMBILLA in Wexford Festival Opera Ireland, George Hall from Opera News has written “…The most successful of the three Wexford stagings this year was the work of Rosetta Cucchi, best known hitherto as a pianist and coach but beginning to make her way as a director. With a busy plotline and many people onstage, she showed skill in marshalling forces and keeping things clear and visually direct…” and again Roderic Dunnett from Independent Newspaper UK “Star billing goes to Rosetta Cucchi’s debut as director in the main house: her commedia dell’arte Princess Brambilla, although cluttered, was endlessly inventive, abetted by Maria Rosaria Tartaglia’s sets …”

In 2005 she made her debut in Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro with a farsa by Carlo Coccia, a Rossini’s coeval, “Arrighetto” lounched with great reviews as DVD by Bongiovanni. Her career continued with a lot of operatic productions such as Verdi OTELLO in Teatro Colon Bogota, Paisiello BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA and GLI ASTROLOGI IMMAGINARI at the Paisiello Festival in Taranto, Rossini “L’Italiana in Algeri” in Teatro Comunale Modena.

In the season 2008–2009 she has been invited back in Wexford Festival Opera to produce TUTTI IN MASCHERA by Carlo Pedrotti; Brian Kellow at Opera News wrote: “Faced with a work of such charm, many directors would feel obliged to force added dimension on it and wind up kneecapping it; director Rosetta Cucchi wisely let it sing for itself. With so many frantic entrances and exits, a work such as this always poses a directorial challenge, but Cucchi gave it buoyance and charm. None of her visual ideas seemed strained, and her work with the chorus was full of good, precise detail.” and again Anthony Holden at The Guardian: “The ‘one for fun’ is this momentous year’s best: Tutti in Maschera by Carlo Pedrotti, it is artfully staged by Rosetta Cucchi.”

In 2009 Rosetta Cucchi’s credits include Rossini VIAGGIO A REIMS Teatro Municipale Piacenza and SWEENEY TODD by Sondheim, an Italian premiere Teatro Comunale in Bologna with great reviews at the most important Italian newspaper (Repubblica, Corriere della sera).

In the 2010 season she directed, L’ELISIR D’AMORE Teatro Comunale in Bologna and LA FAVORITE in Lima Peru with Daniela Barcellona in the title role.

Recent new productions include RODELINDA by Haendel and ZAIRA by Bellini Festival della Valle D’itria, CENERENTOLA Circuito AsLiCo, LA TRAVIATA Teatro Comunale di Modena and Opera di Tenerife, the double bill CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA,  LA VIDA BREVE by De Falla Lubeck Theater.

Rosetta Cucchi’s current engagements include new productions of RIGOLETTO and GIOCONDA St. Gallen Theatre (Swiss), ARLESIANA by Cilea and SALOMÉ by A. Mariotte Wexford Festival Opera, NOZZE DI FIGARO and DON GIOVANNI Teatro Comunale di Piacenza, Modena and Baltimore Theatre, IDOMENEO by Mozart LubeckTheater, DON GIOVANNI Opera di Tenerife, ELISIR D’AMORE Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, FEDORA Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova.

Future engagements include new productions of BOHEME Boston Lyric Opera, ELISIR D’AMORE Teatro Comunale Bologna, SALOME by R. Strauss Teatro Carlo Felice Genova, FAVORITE by V. Bellini Teatro La Fenice Venice and WERTHER by C. Gounod Teatro Comunale Bologna.

Since 2006 she is the Artistic Director of Fondazione Arturo Toscanini in Parma. Bio Biography

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