ALBERTO TRIOLA, director
A native of Milan, Italy (1965), Alberto Triola - considered as one of the most prominent and respected name of the opera in Italy - is an opera manager, stage director end editor.
Starting February 2013, he took the delicate position of General Director at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, that he kept until June 2017. Joining the work of a governative commissioner, Triola undertakes an unprecedented work of strong restructuring – that concerns economic, financial and functional aspects - that gives to the company not only a new arrangement, but also the solid economic balance necessary to guarantee its future and the artistic relaunch to the Maggio Musicale, one of the most ancient and prestigious European festivals, which recently experienced the most critic years of its long history. One of the sign of the new era are the very new florentine opera house, the magnificent OF/Opera di Firenze and the appointment of Fabio Luisi as new Music Director, starting 2018, succeeding Zubin Mehta, named Principal Conductor Emeritus.
Since 2010 Triola holds also the position of Artistic director of Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca (Apulia), one of the most prominent italian summer festival, with its 42 years of history. Under Triola’s direction, the critic remarks the commendable level of the artistic programs and the Festival gets twice the Abbiati Prize, the most prestigious critic's acknowledgement in the country. Alberto Triola is also Director of Accademia del Belcanto Rodolfo Celletti, the distinguished young artists program of the festival, the very only in Italy to be specifically devoted to belcanto and the baroque repertoire.
He worked at Teatro alla Scala of Milano from 1988 to 2002, engaged in different departments and holding several positions, including that of Production Assistant, Assistant to the Artistic Director, Assistant to the Music Director (Riccardo Muti), and finally Assistant to the Technical Director. His rich and multiform professional profile - as well as his education in the music and theatre field, together with an engineering degree - highlights both artistic and managing tasks.
In February 2002, after leaving Milan, he worked as Artistic Administrator for the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, next to Maestro Giancarlo Menotti. In February 2003 he joined the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa as Artistic Director, a position he held until 2007: for the house, a period of unprecedented artistic successes.
For seven seasons, from 2002 until 2008, Alberto Triola has also been Artistic Director of the Teatro Ponchielli in Cremona, taking artistic responsability as well for the Monteverdi Festival, devoted to the ancient and baroque repertoire.
In July 2007 he took on the post of Assistant to the General Manager at Teatro Comunale in Bologna and of General Director of the newly-formed program for young artists (singers, coaches, conductors, directors, set and costumes designers), that the bolognese House ran in collaboration with several italian and international theaters, festivals and universities: La Scuola dell’Opera Italiana.
In 2010 he was also Artistic advisor for the educational programs of the Fondazione Pergolesi-Spontini in Jesi, and in 2011 he was also Artistic advisor to Teatro Lirico di Cagliari.
After more than twenty years spent on support of artistic activity, Alberto made his international, admired debut as Stage Director at Wexford Opera Festival (Ireland) in 2008, with an acclaimed production of Rossini’s Il signor Bruschino, that received enthusiastic reviews by the international critic and huge success of public. In 2009 the Teatro Comunale di Bologna staged a new production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, with his own dramaturgic concept: the acclaimed production had an italian tour with a number of successful performances. His debut as stage director in Germany was sensational: his Carmen for Theater Luebeck, in April 2011, was acclaimed by both public and critics. Following that success, even bigger with the revival of the following season, which got a great resonance in Germany, he was considered for new productions by some major opera houses. After a surprising production of Macbeth in Luebeck (January 2013), came his engagement for La clemenza di Tito, that represented Triola’s remarkable debut in Austria (Kammeroper of Theater an der Wien): an amazing, intimate production with thirteen "sold out" performances.
He was President of Conservatorio Nino Rota, Monopoli (Bari).
He is regularly invited to hold masterclasses in Dresden, at the prestigious Semperoper, for the artists of the Junges Ensemble of the house.
He is also editor of Riccardo Muti alla Scala, published jointly by Teatro alla Scala and Rizzoli (2001), and author of Giulio Gatti Casazza, una vita per l'Opera, a volume which includes the first italian version of the famous Memories of the Opera, the autobiography of the legendary italian opera impresario, published in 2014 by Zecchini Editore.