We regret having to report the passing of Italian stage director Stefano Mazzonis. The news was made public on his Twitter this afternoon by Frederic Daerden, Vice President of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. Liege and lyrical art are in mourning.
Stefano Mazzonis for 15 years made the Opéra Royal de Wallonie shine by making it particularly attractive to young people. We have lost a brilliant and endearing man. All my condolences to his family and the #Opera family. Master Ciao, ”writes Daerden. Media such as La Libre also report the news, without the reason for the death being disclosed for the time being.
Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera was born in Italy and carried out important work as general and artistic director of the Opera Royal de Wallonie, Liege. While studying law and music in Rome, he began working as a director at the University Theater in Rome.
In 1983 he directed his first operas, which quickly achieved great success, being invited as stage director by theaters such as the Comunale in Florence, the Teatro Ventidio Basso and the Teatro Sistina in Rome.
He also worked at festivals such as the Della Perdonanza, the Pescara Festival, the Pesaro Festival, the Mediterranean Festival, the Bad Kissingen Festival and the Ludwigsburg Festival. Prior to his appointment as Managing Director and Artistic Director of ORW, he was also Artistic Director of numerous festivals and Concerti Telecom, and superintendent of the Teatro Comunale de Bolonia.
Recognized figure in the audiovisual media, she produced and presented numerous television and radio programs (RAI). In 2007 he directed threeIntermezzi at the ORW, thus presenting three small 18th century masterpieces.
The operas he directed at the time include Il marriage segreto (Cimarosa), Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini), La traviata , Otello (Verdi), Le Pays du sourire , Rita ou le mari battu and Il campanello di note (Donizetti). He recently conducted L’equivoco stravagante (Rossini) at the Basel and St. Moritz and Manon (Massenet) Festival in Liege.