As from 26 January 2015, Davide Livermore (Turin, 1966) is the manager-artistic director of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía.
The new artistic director of the Palau de les Arts has forged his outstanding 22 year career both on the main stages of Europe and at theatres in his native country Italy, during which time he has been stage manager, stage designer, wardrobe and lighting designer, singer, dancer, actor, scriptwriter and teacher. During those 22 years, he has sung at the main opera theatres with other artists such as Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, Josep Carreras, Zubin Mehta, Mirella Freni, Luca Ronconi, Andrei Tarkovsky or Zhang Yimou.
Since 2002, Davide Livermore has been artistic director of the Teatro Baretti in Turin, where he has devoted his time to experimental music theatre. Ha has also worked on a cultural policy based on social voluntary service which, in a period of 13 years, has completely changed the environment where the theatre is located. A dangerous and problematic district is now a crucial meeting point in Turin. He has also been director at the arts school of the Teatro Stabile in Turin.
He has worked as stage manager for the main Italian theatres: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Regio in Turin, San Carlo in Naples, Carlo Felice in Genoa, La Fenice in Venice, in addition to the Rossini Opera Festival of Pesaro. Outside Italy he has worked at the opera houses of Philadelphia (USA), Montpellier and Avignon (France), as well as the Bunka Kaikan Theatre in Tokyo and Seoul Arts Center. In Spain, his productions have been staged at the Opera House in A Coruña, Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao and Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid.
As regards television, Davide Livermore has worked for the Italian Televisione della Svizzera as scriptwriter and actor in W Verdi, Giuseppe and in the series Livermore sciò, which was selected for the Rose d’Or award in Montreux.
The critics have praised Davide Livermore as one of the newcomers of great merit on the operatic scene. His production of I vespri siciliani, with which the Regio in Turin celebrated its 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy, was chosen by Musical America as one of the 10 best shows of 2011.
He has also been artistic director of the Centre de Perfeccionament Plácido Domingo since 2013, which he is able to combine with his new post at the Valencian arts centre, and has been responsible for some of the most successful performances in the brief history of the Palau de les Arts: La Bohème by Puccini, and the Verdi operas Othello and La forza del destino. He was awarded his first Premio Lírico Teatro Campoamor (considered the ‘Goya’ of musicals) for his staging of La forza del destino.
His most recent successes in Valencia also include the debut of members of the Centre de Perfeccionament at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music in Austria, with their performance of Narciso by Scarlatti, and the premiere of Romancero gitano in Turin last December with the actress Rossy de Palma and the singers of the Centre de Perfeccionament Plácido Domingo.
During the 2014-2015 season at the Palau de les Arts, he directed a new production of Norma by Bellini, conducted by Gustavo Gimeno and with the great soprano Mariella Devia in the leading role.
As a pupil of Carlo Majer, Davide Livermore learned the ability of the theatre to speak about the people, and he strongly defends public theatre and culture as a social promoter.
Regarding his artistic project for the Palau de les Arts, Davide Livermore is committed to promoting the value of theatre both in the city of Valencia and throughout the autonomous region. To that respect, he is willing to establish bonds with, and work alongside, the main artistic references in order to create a unique cultural programme.
He also advocates following the path that was embarked upon by Helga Schmidt by maintaining the presence of international artists at the Valencian arts centre, and strengthening relationships between the Palau de les Arts and opera enclaves both within Spain and abroad.
Livermore’s artistic policy will also promote the development of the established ensembles that currently work at the Palau de les Arts: the Ballet de la Generalitat, the Cor de la Generalitat and the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, as well as the members of the Centre de Perfeccionament Plácido Domingo.
A defender of traditional repertoire, Davide Livermore has shown he is keen to include zarzuela (Spanish light opera) and both baroque and contemporary opera in the programmes of the Palau de les Arts over the next few years, as well as intensifying activities at the Teatre Martín i Soler in an aim to attract new audiences for Valencian opera.
Most recently, he has been nominated by International Opera Awards for stage director award.