Jacopo Spirei

Stage director



  • Donizetti's "L'elisir d'amore"
    October 15, 22, 29 - November 4, 10, 2016 - Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe
  • Scarlatti's "Gli equivoci nel sembiante"
    December 21, 23, 27, 2016 - Teatro Rossini di Lugo
  • Weill's "Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny"
    April 30 - June 14, 2017 Salzburger Landestheater
  • Mozart's "Don Giovanni"
    June 4 - 30, 2017 - San Francisco Opera


Winner of the audience prize in Salzburg for best production of the season 2012/2013 at the Landestheater, Jacopo Spirei's opera engagement as director include: Don Giovanni, Così Fan Tutte, Pilger von Mekka (Salzburg Landestheater), Cambiale di Matrimonio (Theater an der Wien), The bear, Maderna's Satyricon and Matrimonio Segreto (Danish Royal Opera), Cenerentola (Festival Internacional de Música, Cartagena, Colombia), Pagliacci (short works at Wexford Festival Opera), a double bill of Bastiano e Bastiana and Paisiello’s Serva Padrona (Lugo Opera Festival, Teatro Comunale di Bologna), Così fan tutte (Ente concerti Marialisa de Carolis, Sassari), La finta giardiniera, Le nozze di Figaro (Cortona, Italy), Le Nozze di Figaro, Madama Butterfly (Co-operaCo London).

Jacopo has worked with the renowned Graham Vick as associate and revival director all over the world including: Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Birmingham Opera Company(including world premiere of Stockhausen's Mittwoch aus licht), Houston Grand Opera, Bregenz festival, New National Theater Tokyo, Teatro Sao Carlos in Lisbon on Wagner's Ring Cycle.

He has worked as an assistant throughout Europe and US with, among others, John Copley, Talmage Fauntleroy, Stefano Vizioli, Franco Ripa di Meana, Stephen Medcalf, Lorenzo Mariani.

Jacopo Spirei studied arts and drama in Bologna and filmmaking in New York at the New York Film Academy. He enjoys extensive teaching work with young, up and coming talents in opera. He has a long collaboration with the Opera Academy of the Royal Opera House in Copenhagen directing scenes and short works like: L'Heure Espagnole, Turn of the screw, Massenet’s Manon, Dialogues des Carmelites, Bohème, Wozzeck, has also worked with the young singers of the Accademia della Scala and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Between 2006 and 2011 he was artistic director and founder of www.spurio.com, an experimental project involving opera, filmmaking, video art and live performance, that culmintated in the production of a feature film based on the myth of Orpheus with live music composed by Davide Fensi.

Future engagements include productions of L'incoronazione di Poppea, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Falstaff, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, revival of Don Giovanni, Slazburger Landestheater.

About Jacopo Spirei's work

Cambiale di matrimonio - Theater an der Wien

"The staging evokes the aesthetics of silent movies, albeit in pleasing colours. This approach makes sense for a farsa as both genres indulge in dramatic excitement and exaggeration. … the audience leaves the performance with happy smiles on their faces. " 

Sanpdragon, bachtrack.com

Satyricon - Royal Danish Opera

"It is highly entertaining in all its grotesque portrayal of rulers decadence with millionaire politician, the priest, the general and media people, who commit adultery, and drinking in a cloud of vanity, eloquence, toileting, cocaine and submissive slaves."

Henrik Friis – Politken

Cenerentola - Festival Internacional de Música, Cartagena

"Para Spirei la ópera es un medio que ofrece la posibilidad de reivindicarnos con nosotros mismos y con la sociedad. La Cenicienta de Rossini, que prepara, no es una excepción. Para él, esta clásica historia es toda una lección de vida: “La Cenicienta de Rossini es un cuento filosófico”, dice pensativo. “Y el cuento se convierte en una lección moral. La niña es maltratada por su padre y por sus hermanas, en todo le va mal, pero ella nunca renuncia a ser una buena persona y eso al final es recompensado. Lo interesante es que al final de la historia tiene la oportunidad de vengarse de quienes la ofendieron. Pero decide perdonar, y ese es el mensaje más maravilloso del cuento. Tú no debes reducirte al mismo nivel de las personas malvadas, debes sobreponerte siempre a ellas y tener como meta ser una mejor persona, incluso si fallas en el intento. No hay odio que pueda vencer al odio”.

El Espectador

Pagliacci - Wexford Festival Opera

“Top marks, to Vincenzo Rana leading from the piano, the director Jacopo Spirei and the designer Cristiana Aureggi.”

Roderic Dunnett, The indipendent

Madama Butterfly - Co-opera Co London 

“Spirei had rightly chosen to concentrate on the fascinating interactions between the characters….. This was a fascinating and involving production, with the detailed personen regie one of its strongest points."

Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill

Nozze di Figaro - Co-opera Co London 

“Jacopo Spirei’s production charted the plots multiplicity of events and swift reverses assiduously and with consistent point…"

George Hall, Opera Now