Born in Johannesburg, Alessandro Talevi studied music and history of art at the University of the Witwatersrand and piano accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He was the winner of a prestigious European Opera Directing Prize for his concept of Rusalka in 2007.
Supported by William and Judith Bollinger, Talevi was Artistic Director of Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells, for which he directed The Sofa/The Departure, Orlando, La scala di seta and Pelléas et Mélisande.
He is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.
Talevi’s recent work in opera includes Crispino e la Comare (Valle d’Itria Festival, Puglia), Der Barbier von Bagdad (Landestheater Coburg), The Turn of the Screw (Israeli Opera) Don Giovanni (Opera North), Amadigi di Gaula (Central City Opera, Colorado), The Turn of the Screw (Opera North and Central City Opera), Katya Kabanova (Landestheater Coburg), La traviata (Cape Town Opera), The Barber of Baghdad (Buxton Festival), La Cenerentola (Malmö Opera), Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno and Partenope (Opéra les Azuriales), L’assedio di Calais, The Marriage/La cambiale di matrimonio, L’occasione fa il ladro/La Colombe (all for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama), La Fedeltà Premiata (Royal Academy of Music, London), and Djamileh/Le Docteur Miracle (Royal College of Music, London).
Among his recent an future production: Anna Bolena and Roberto Devereux of Tudor’s trilogy at Welsh National Opera in Cardiff, Rigoletto in Ancona, L’amour des trois oranges at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Le Nozze di Figaro at Central City Opera Colorado, La traviata at Opera North in Leeds, Tosca at Rome Opera, Cavalleria and Pagliacci at Arena Sferisterio in Macerata, Roberto Devereux at Teatro Real in Madrid, Idomeneo a Venezia, Anna Bolena in Bergamo, Tosca in Rome, Cenerentola at Regio in Turin and Albert Harring at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Histoire du soldat at Opera in Florence, Margherita d’Anjou at Martina Franca, Don Giovanni at Leeds Opera, Die Zauberflöte in Denver, La Traviata in Tel Aviv.
Alessandro Talevi has also produced several high-profile experimental stagings in unconventional spaces around London, including Art Plus Opera (Whitechapel Art Gallery), Open Outcry (Mansion House) and Amadigi di Gaula (Wigmore Hall).