Stage director Enrico Stinchelli, born in Rome (Italy), is writer and presenter of the radio show “La Barcaccia”, aired on RAI RadioTre. The longest running show in the history of Italy’s national radio station, it meanwhile enjoys cult status among opera lovers. Between 1988 and 2019 he produced more than 6000 programs and wrote various books on music, including biographies of Mozart and Verdi, Le Stelle Della Lirica and I Grandi Direttori d'Orchestra. He made his debut as a stage director in 1998 at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna on the initiative of Leo Nucci, the legendary baritone. He has worked with numerous distinguished artists including Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras, Giuseppe Taddei, Katia Ricciarelli, Fiorenza Cossotto and José Cura.
Enrico Stinchelli opened the 2004/05 season at the National Theatre in Sofia with Verdi’s “Otello”.
Traviata at the Teatro Verdi in Salerno, Attila at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste and Nabucco at the Teatro Greco in Taormina are among his biggest successes to date. His 2016 production of Mephistopheles by Boito in Pisa and Lucca featured 250-strong choir.
From 2011 until 2019, he was Artistic Director at the Teatru Astra in Gozo (Malta), where he was responsible for several very memorable opera productions including Norma, Lucia di Lammermoor, Aida, Nabucco, Bohème, Traviata and Trovatore.
Puccini’s Turandot in Torre del Lago in 2016 was another major triumph for Enrico Stinchelli, as was his debut at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland in 2018.