Internationally acclaimed as a designer of sets and costume, Giovanni Agostinucci has rapidly emerged as a leading director in his own right.
Originally from Parma, Italy, Giovanni Agostinucci received a doctorate in architecture 110/110 cum laude from the University of Rome. For his dissertation he presented a project of a global theatre “Centro Culturale Teatrale” – as well as a research on “The Light in Churches of the Mannerist Style.”
He began his professional career under the guidance of some of the most eminent figures in the world of theatre, working on more than 200 productions with such renowned directors as Marcel Carne, Jean Vilar, Gian Carlo Menotti, Franco Zeffirelli, John Cox, Luca Ronconi, and Peter Greenway, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle; for whom he designed the prize-winning film La Clemenza di Tito, conducted by James Levine.
His work also includes designing art shows, exhibitions and entertainment spaces. Most prestigious was the assignment to conceive and design the four stages on the National Grand Opera Theatre of China. Most recently his design of the new summer Opera Theatre of the Rome Opera at Caracalla Baths which , integrated into the context of the monument, was praised for its unique and innovative design.
Giovanni Agostinucci has won numerous prizes for his work, which ranges from classical to modern, often in combination. He is the winner of the European Opera Award for his production of Murder in the Cathedral by Pizzetti at the Teatro Regio in Torino and at the Rome Opera, and was chosen best designer for his La Clemenza di Tito at the Munchen Opera Film Festival and choosen best set and costume designer for La Traviata performed at Washington National Opera.
For the spoken theatre, Giovanni Agostinucci has designed and directed productions of both classical and contemporary plays such as those of Aristophanes, Sophocles, Shakespeare, Aeschuylus, Pirandello, Goethe, Goldoni, Moliere, Rostand, Von Kleist Harwood, Cocteau, Dostoevsky, and Racine. His production of Schiller’s I Masnadieri was chosen to represent Italy at the Mannheim Schiller Festival and won the first prize for best production. He has an ongoing relationship with Shakespeare’s works, designing productions of Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Titus Andronicus.
His formidable record of operatic successes includes Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Cosi fan Tutte. His production of Mozart’s Die Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebots celebrating the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth was presented to sold-out audiences at the Rossini Opera Festival. Verdi‘s I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata – a major success – was chosen to represent Italy at the Canada Expo and was later made into a film. Other productions include Luisa Miller, La Traviata, Ernani, I Masnadieri, Il Trovatore, Don Carlo, Rigoletto, Menotti’s Il Console, Rossini’s Barbiere di Siviglia, Edipo a Colono, La Cambiale di Matrimonio, as well as the work of Gomes, Mascagni, Leoncavallo, Pizzetti, Puccini, Donizzetti, Landi, Hoffenbach, Vivaldi, Beethoven. His production of Fidelio at the Rome Opera received a standing ovation.
He has worked with major opera houses in Europe and around the world and opened the opera seasons at La Scala, L’Opera de Monte-Carlo, l’Opera Comique in Paris, Megaron in Athens, Petruzzelli Opera in Bari, The Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Wexford Opera Festival, Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, Verona Arena Festival, Macerata Opera, Hong Kong Opera, Covent Garden , Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. His productions of Barbiere di Siviglia and Rigoletto were presented at the Biwako Hall in Otsu-Kyoto and at the NHK Hall and Orchard Hall in Tokyo.
He opened 218th season at Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg with Les Contes d’Hoffmann.
As an homage to Giacomo Puccini and in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth, Giovanni Agostinucci opened the opera season at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste with an acclaimed Tosca to a sold-out audience and rave reviews.
He opens the 2008/2009 season at the National Opera in Washington with “La Traviata” , a simulcast performance on opening night on the National Mall attracted over 15,000 attendees.
As an homage to Giacomo Puccini and in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth, Giovanni Agostinucci opened the opera season at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste with an acclaimed “Tosca” to a sold out audience and rave reviews.
As for the cinema, he has collaborated on more than 20 films, among them “Il Principe di Homburg,” “Boomerang” with Vanessa Redgrave, “Orlando Furioso” by Luca Ronconi and “Il Giovane Toscanini” by Franco Zeffirelli.
Recently, Giovanni Agostinucci delivered a series of lectures at the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome on “Poetry and Music” and on “Architecture and Melodrama” at the University of Rome and at the Brera Academy in Milan.
He is currently teaching at Brera Academy of fine Arts in Milan and at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia and at the Rome University of Architecture in Rome with a degree course on “Opera al Cinema”.
Giovanni Agostinucci personal exhibition of his Theatre and Opera works is being presently shown at the Fondazione Cini at the Isola di San Giorgio in Venice, Italy.