Artist Director of festival Donizetti Opera Festival
Born in 1972 in Bergamo, he graduated in Modern Literature at the Scuola d’Arte Drammatica Paolo Grassi, in Milan. His professional career developed in two directions over the years: on the one hand, his work as artistic director of internationally significant festivals and his central role in developing innovative projects in the opera field; on the other hand, his work as director in Italy and abroad, as well as his teaching career.
From 2012 to 2017 he was the artistic director of Macerata Opera Festival, the glorious festival which has been taking place in the charming setting of the Sferisterio since 1921. He took just four years to revamp the festival and bring it back to the fore as an internationally reknown event acclaimed by critics and audiences. He created an original festival which promoted research and excellence, celebrating opera as a priceless common good.
Since December 2014 he is the artistic director of Fondazione Donizetti, where he has been bringing about a complete perspectival revolution in the role and works of Donizetti by importing into the city of Bergamo the values and ideas of his artistic project. He founded two main festivals: the Donizetti Night in June and the Donizetti Opera Festival in autumn, which hosts the rarest works of the composer from Bergamo.
Micheli also expresses his artistic creativity through a series of projects, in collaboration with various theatres, aimed at bringing the public closer to the opera world. His commitment to disseminating knowledge about opera made him a prominent cultural figure in Italy as author and presenter of TV shows dedicated to opera on Sky Classica and Sky Arte, as well as a weekly TV programme on Rai 1 (Italy’s national public service station).
As far as his work as director is concerned, after his debut with As.Li.Co. (Italian Association of Opera Concerts), he directed several operas in numerous national and international theatres becoming a major part of his repertoire: from the Fenice Theatre in Venice to the Verona Arena ; from the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino to the Massimo Theatre in Palermo; from the Comunale in Bologna to the NCPA in Beijing.
Maria Grazia Panigada
Artistic Director of the Theatre Season and Altri Percorsi
Maria Grazia Panigada is theatre advisor with considerable professional experience of narrative theatre in the museum context. By adopting a didactic approach, she has been leading theatre workshops aimed at students, teachers, and adults for twenty years. Lately, she has tested the narrative approach in museum guides and museum mediators.
As far as her role as artistic director is concerned, she curates the Theatre festival, plans and coordinates cultural events and shows which involve several Italian institutions.
From 2000 to 2010, she curated the Altri Percorsi festival of the Donizetti Theatre in Bergamo, where she also worked as artistic director and coordinator of a scientific committee from 2005 to 2010 curating the theatre and Carnevali festivals. Since 2015, she is the artistic director of the Donizetti Theatre and the Teatro Sociale in Bergamo for the theatre sector, and she is artistic advisor for the events organised by the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Bergamo.
Among her publications and essays: Città luogo d’incontro. Altri percorsi 2006-2009, “Quaderni dello Spettacolo”, n. 87, Teatro Donizetti, Bergamo, 2009; “La scuola e la città: progetti per un sapere condiviso” in Teatro, didattica attiva, intercultura. Teatri visibili e teatri invisibili, Milano, Franco Angeli, 2009; “La risposta dei ragazzi: alcune riflessioni” in Emozionalità e teatro, Milano, Franco Angeli, 2008.
Artistic Director of Bergamo Jazz
Dave Douglas is one of the major figures of contemporary jazz: his name appears regularly in critic and public reviews in the monthly American magazine “Down Beat”, the Bible of Jazz.
Born in East Orange, New Jersey, on 24th March 1963, he took centre stage in the international jazz scene at the end of the 1980s, after studying first at Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory in Boston, and then graduating from New York University. After moving to New York, he soon became an active member of the city’s lively jazz scene, establishing a very fruitful artistic partnership with John Zorn and other key figures of the downtown scene. In addition to being a leading expert on the jazz tradition, Douglas has gradually explored different sides of contemporary jazz expressiveness and his style has also been influenced by klezmer music, British folk, and electronic experimentation music. Douglas’ rich recording testifies his penchant for wide-ranging explorations of new genres as well as his own boundary-free vision of music, which has long been appreciated by Italian audiences.
Dave Douglas has performed four times on Donizetti Theatre’s stage, during Bergamo Jazz: twice as sideman—featuring in Rova’s “Ascension” project in 1997 and in John Zorn’s quartet “Masada” in 2000—and twice as leader, in 1998 and 2014, when he was first contacted by Donizetti Theatre and asked to become the Artistic Director of Bergamo Jazz.
The choice to appoint Dave Douglas as Artistic Director of Bergamo Jazz was madein lines with the theatre’s intent of entrusting the festival to internationally acknowledged musicians: the artistic directors who came before him were Uri Caine (from 2006 to 2008), Paolo Fresu (from 2009 to 2011), and Enrico Rava (from 2012 to 2015). At the same time, thanks to the stylistic breadth of his career, Dave Douglas is a guarantee of quality and artistic variety to preserve the long history of Bergamo Jazz, combining traditional jazz with more contemporary trends.