Stefania Panighini studied at the National Academy of Dramatic Arts in Rome and at the Conservatory Giuseppe Verdi in Turin with Paolo Ciaffi Ricagno. She also graduated in Musicology with Ernesto Napolitano at the Turin University.
In 2004 she won the Prize Idee per Alfieri (Festival Astiteatro) and then began to work as a stage director and assistant with David Alagna, Paul Emil Fourny, Gianni Marras, Francesco Micheli and Rosetta Cucchi.
Her recent productions include Orlando by Händel with the Theater An der Wien Young Ensemble in the Kammeroper (Wien), La Traviata at Wexford Opera Festival, Don Pasquale at Lucca Opera Festival, a world premiere of Semiramide in villa by Paisiello in Taranto, a Hänsel und Gretel in Tenerife and Italiana in Algeri at Lucca Opera Festival again.
In the current season she directs the world premiere of Il labbro della Lady by Carlo Galante at Teatro Pavarotti in Modena, she comes back in Tenerife for Rinaldo by Händel. She makes her debuts at Luglio Musicale Trapanese with Madama Butterfly and she comes back to Teatro dell’Opera Giocosa with Nina ossia la pazza per amore by Paisiello.
Future plans include a Werther by Rosetta Cucchi at Teatro Comunale in Bologna, and a Boheme production by Francesco Micheli at Teatro La Fenice in Venice.
She has collaborated with Teatro Regio of Torino, Teatro Valli of Reggio Emilia, Teatro Comunale of Bologna, Teatro Pavarotti of Modena, Opéra National de Lorraine, Teatro Municipale of Piacenza, Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini, Wexford Opera Festival, Teatro Verdi of Sassari, Lugo Opera Festival, Teatro La Fenice of Venezia, Teatro Grande of Brescia, Festival de Opera in Tenerife, Opéra de Nice, Festival della Valle d’Itria, International Short Film Festival in Capalbio, Piccolo Festival del Friuli Venezia Giulia.
She has directed among others La voix humaine, Pomme d’Api and Monsieur Choufleuri restera chez lui, Le finte contesse, Così fan tutte, Mirra Show Reel, Le nozze di Figaro, Color de Buenos Aires, Falstaff, Histoire du soldat, Peter and the Wolf, Der Schauspieldirektor, Dido & Aeneas, Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica, Lulu – Light’s refraction, Rigoletto, Il segreto di Susanna and Procedura Penale.
In 2014 starts the Hoperance project about Opera/Dancetheater/Visualart focussing on baroque Handel Cantatas.
Stefania Panighini is professor of Performing Arts at the State Conservatory of Parma and writes several essays in musicology, including a study of Pelléas et Melisande for the Opera Comique (Paris), makes also videoclip and documentaries.
She plays also intense activity for a young audience; in 2009 she was Research Associate for the Turin Conservatory with the project Una musica da favola, directing La Boîte a Joujoux by Claude Debussy and André Hellé.
In 2012 she has made Opera Kids (As.Li.Co) for 3 to 5 years old children.