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Bruno Ravella


Born in Casablanca of Italian and Polish parents, Bruno Ravella is an opera director based in London.

He had his Italian debut in 2017 with La Boheme at the Opera di Firenze/Maggio Musicale. In 2015 he directed Strauss’ Intermezzo for Garsington Opera, UK to critical acclaim. A 2016 highlight was the double bill L'heure espagnole/ Gianni Schicchi at the Opera National de Lorraine in Nancy, France. Other directing credits include Macbeth, Agrippina, La traviata and Falstaff (Iford Arts, UK), La traviata, Giulio Cesare (Stand’été Moutier, Switzerland), Charpentier’s La descente d’Orphée aux enfers and Blow’s Venus and Adonis (Les arts Florissants, Paris), La descente d’Orphée aux enfers (Glyndebourne Jerwood Project, UK), Dove’s Mansfield Park (nominated for Best Opera Production at the Offies’ 2014), Le nozze di Figaro, La clemenza di Tito, L’elisir d’amore (Hampstead Garden Opera, UK), Carmen (Riverside Opera, UK).

He has revived productions of Sir McVicar, Carsen, Copley and Hytner for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Glyndebourne, Glyndebourne on Tour, Opera Australia, State Opera of South Australia, West Australia Opera, Opera de Genève and Valencia Opera.

He has also worked as revival, associate or assistant director for some of the largest opera companies in the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Lyric, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Komische Oper Berlin, Theater an der Wien, Opera de Monte Carlo, Teatro Colon and Teatro Regio Parma.

Future engagaments include Werther for the Opera National de Lorraine in Nancy and Falstaff for Garsington Opera, UK.

Bruno has been nominated for the Independent Opera Director Fellowship 2015 (UK).

Werther Opera National de Lorraine, Nancy, France
Falstaff Garsington Opera, UK
Cosi fan tutte (Revival) Lyric Opera, Chicago
Madame Butterfly Ilford Arts, UK
Scenes Royal Academy of Music
La Boheme Opera di Firenze, Italy
Rosenkavalier (Revival)

Teatro Colon, Argentina

Original Dir: Robert Carsen

Faust (Revival)

Florence Opera

Original Dir: Sir David McVicar

Thais (Revival) The Metropolitan Opera, New York
Cosi fan tutte (Revival) Glyndebourne on Tour
L'heure Espagnole & Gianni Schicchi

Opera National de Lorraine, Nancy, France

Des. Annemarie Woods

Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci Hampstead Garden Opera, London
Macbeth Iford Arts, UK
Agrippina Iford Arts, UK
Intermezzo Garsington Opera, UK
La Traviata Stand Moutier, Switzerland
Le nozze di Figaro Hampstead Garden Opera, UK
Apollo e Dafne

Carnegie Hall, New York


Giulio Cesare in Egitto Stand Moutier, Switzerland
Mansfield Park Hampstead Garden Opera, UK

Intermezo, Garsington Opera 


"It's boosted by an intelligently understated staging by Bruno Ravella with clean 1920s designs by Giles Cadle (top marks for staging the tobogganing scene without calamity). Ravella's show deals in small gestures rather than grand theatrics; the moment when Christine realises that the Baron is simply using her for access to "the Master" is quietly devastating."

Neil Fisher, The Times


"Richard Strauss’s domestic comedy is a hit for Garsington in Bruno Ravella’s staging and in Andrew Porter’s English translation"

★★★★ The Stage



Macbeth, Verdi - Iford Arts, UK


"Director Bruno Ravella presides over a sophisticated traditional reading which proves faithful to both Shakespeare's eerie original, and also to Verdi's passionate protests for Italian nationalism which spill out like power surges through Macbeth's arias and choruses. Ravella adds some intelligent director's touches, especially where Lady Macbeth is concerned"

★★★★ Charlotte Valori, Bachtrack


Le nozze di Figaro, Mozart - Hampstead Garden Opera, London UK


"Bruno Ravella’s production for Hampstead Garden Opera pulls out all the stops...Ravella went for a straightforward staging which made remarkable use of the limited space: a screen was dressed with different backdrops to morph between rooms of masters and servants; a scattering of furniture and few props filled in the remainder; costumes were wigs and frock coats for the men, voluminous long dresses for the ladies."

★★★★★ David Karlin, Bachtrack



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