Elena Barbalich

Stage Directors
Elena Barbalich

Elena Barbalich was born in Venice on 17 August 1963 and took her ‘A’ levels in humanities. She read Italian literature at the University of Ca’ Foscari in Venice where she graduated with the highest honours having presented a final dissertation on the history of mise-en-scene of Aida by G Verdi at the La Scala theatre in Milan. In that period she also trained in drama at the Avogaria theatre in Venice and deepened her knowledge of music taking private piano lessons and experiencing choral singing.

Elena began to work in the field of lyric theatre as an assistant director and was involved in operas staged in various theatres nationwide including La Fenice in Venice, Arena in Verona, Regio in Turin, Carlo Felice in Genoa, Comunale in Bologna, San Carlo in Naples and Massimo in Palermo. She made her debut as director of an own production with La Serva Padrona by G B Pergolesi which was staged at Castello Sforzesco in Milan and performed by Tiziana Fabbricini and the Verdi Orchestra.

Elena’s contemporary repertoire includes own productions of works such as Phonophonie by M Kagel (premiere performance in Italy). She staged Rätsel von Mozart by M Cardi, M D’Amico, O Neuwirth, F Nieder and B Olivero (premiere performance) in February 1999 at the Teatro delle Fondamente Nuove in Venice for the Malipiero Foundation in collaboration with La Fenice theatre.

In January 2000 Elena directed Recitations by Aperghis and took Phonophonie to the Auditorium de la Citè des Arts, in Paris. At the Opera Festival in Barga she staged Il Tribuno by Kagel and then took it to the Tourcoing Festival organised by J C Malgoire where it was performed in French. At the same festival Elena also directed Rätsel von Mozart. In September 2002 she staged at La Fenice theatre Per Voce Preparata, a production with music by Aperghis, Cage, Casale, Doati, Kagel, Pachini, and Schnebel. More recently Elena has directed at the San Carlo theatre in Naples the first world premiere of the opera Garibaldi in Sicile by Marcello Panni with the participation of Luigi Ontani.

Elena has written the librettos of flash-operas Singin’ in the Brain and Otòno Shiràbe for the Venetian composer Paolo Furlani. In September 2009 a concert suite fron Singin'in the Brain has been executed at la Biennale Musica of Venice.


Elena’s productions of works of the classical repertoire include Cavalleria Rusticana by P Mascagni and Pagliacci by R Leoncavallo that she directed at the Verdi theatre in Salerno and at the Politeama in Catanzaro in December 2003. Again in Catanzaro where she opened the opera season in 2001 and also in Salerno Elena staged Tosca by G Puccini. In April 2006 Elena directed her own Macbeth by G Verdi and that performance was the opening event of the lyric season of Salerno. In October 2006 Elena created and staged for the Tosti Foundation in Ortona Visioni all'alba del Novecento. In April 2007 she directed for the first time her Tosca in Bari for the Petruzzelli Foundation with D Oren as conductor, resumed in the same theatre in September 2009. In June 2007 she took Macbeth to the Saõ Carlos theatre in Lisbon with J Reuter and D Theodossiu. In October 2007 Elena’s productions of La damoiselle élue by C Debussy and Les mamelles de Tirésias by F Poulenc went on stage at the Verdi theatre of Sassari. In September 2008 Elena has staged Macbeth to the Palacio de la Ópera in La Coruña and in May 2010 to the Teatro Calderón in Valladolid .


In September 2010, for the Conservatorio T.Schipa in Lecce she has performed Il matrimonio inaspettato by G Paisiello and in Bari, in October 2010 she has staged La Traviata in the restored Petruzzelli theatre. In October 2011 she directed with with great critical and public Il cappello di paglia di Firenze by N Rota for the Teatro Sociale in Como, Ponchielli in Cremona, Chiabrera in Savona, Teatro Grande in Brescia, Fraschini in Pavia and Teatro Sociale in Rovigo.

In 2000 Elena won a Fellowship as director from the Richard Wagner Stipendienstiftung.


Date Last Edited: 20/11/2011
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