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stage director



- Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann, at the Lithuanian National Opera & Ballet;

- Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, at Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Osaka Festival Hall and Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra;

- Puccini's Turandot, at the Opéra de Toulon;

- Gounod's Roméo et Juliette, at the Theater Erfurt;

- Verdi's Nabucco, at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma;

- Puccini's Il Tabarro and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, at the Korean National Opera. 


Born in Firenze, Italy, in 1982, he started his career as an actor early on directed by G. Strehler, in Le Baruffe Chiozzotte by C. Goldoni, in 1991. He studied lighting design at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and, in 2008, he graduated at the Drama Academy Paolo Grassi in Milano, as theatre and opera director. Since 2008, he has directed and designed lights for many shows in Italy, Ireland, Belgium, France, Germany, Lithuania, South Korea and Japan, collaborating with artists from all around the world.

Among the operas he has directed: Orff's Carmina Burana at the Teatro Dal Verme (Milan), Humperdinck's Hänsel Und Gretel and Rigoletto  at the Teatro Sociale di Como, Donizetti's Gianni di Parigi at the Festival della Val d’Itria (Martinafranca) and Wexford Opera Festival, Briten's The Little Sweep at Teatro Regio di Torino, Wagner's Der Fliegende Holländer at the Teatro Ponchielli di Cremona, Leoncavallo's Pagliacci and Puccini's Gianni Schicchi  at the Teatro Regio di Parma, Puccini's Turandot and Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Opéra de Nice–Côte d’Azur, Hänsel und Gretel at the Opéra de Rouen–Normandie, Rigoletto at the Macerata Opera Festival, Verdi's Nabucco at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma – Caracalla Festival, Leoncavallo's Pagliacci and Puccini's Il Tabarro at the Korean National Opera, Gounod's Roméo et Juliette at the Theater Erfurt, Turandot at the Opéra de Toulon, Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna and touring in Japan (Tokyo and Osaka) and Offenbach's Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Lithuanian National Opera & Ballet.

He collaborates as acting coach and director for Accademia G. Solti and Fondazione Mascarade Opera. Since 2023, he is Professor of Theory and Technique of Acting for Opera Singers at the Conservatorium Monteverdi of Bolzano.

Federico Grazzini qualified as finalist or semi-finalist in international opera direction contests like European Opera Prize, Ring Award, Wagner200 International Contest - Special Mention of the jury, International Opera Directing Contest Teatro Regio di Torino. In 2022, he won the International Opera Directing Competition of Lithuanian National Opera.


" Tout ce que montre Grazzini est sombrement beau, raffiné, pour commenter avec une légèreté de touche parfaite, quelque points précis et révélateurs du livret d’Adami. Plaisir de l’intelligence, originalité de l’approche, simplicité, vérité des masques et visages également, comme pour mieux nous plonger dans un monde où la violence a dépassé le stade de latence pour dicter sa loi. "
Christian Colombeau -

“The Rigoletto that opened the 51st Macerata Opera Festival is simply beautiful. In Federico Grazzini’s finest direction the court of the Duke is replaced by a space as much cruel and miserable: a suburban amusement park. Hugo’s drama is told with striking fidelity and sensibility.”
Corriere della Sera

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