Graduated in philosophy in 1994, began his activity as a director by working on several short films including Notes for a phenomenology of the vision, which debuted at the International Festival of Young Cinema in Turin.
In 2004 he made his directorial debut with Idomeneo and since then his activity is split between theater and opera.
Concerning this last one, he dealt with many titles of the twentieth century: Benjamin Britten’s Curlew River, Bruno Maderna’s Satyricon, a triptych of works for the Teatro Sao Carlos in Lisbon composed by Paul Hindemith’s Sancta Susanna, Erwartung by Arnold Schönberg and Il dissoluto assolto by Azio Corghi based on the libretto written by José Saramago (world premiere).
The nineteenth-century’s opera titles include Macbeth, L’elisir d’amore and Maria Stuarda. In December 2006 he also directed Don Pasquale, conducted by Riccardo Muti (available on DVD) with whom he also worked in May 2008 for the staging of an opera by Giovanni Paisiello, Il Matrimonio inaspettato, for the Whitsun Festival in Salzburg.
Concerning the prose repertoire, his productions are characterized by a great interest in the tragic characters: starting from the Encomio di Elena an adaptation of the homonymous text of the sophist Gorgia da Lentini, The Trojan Women by Euripides, The tenth year from Euripides and Aeschylus, up to Electra by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. The past few seasons have seen him involved in two successful productions: Mary Stuart by Friedrich von Schiller, Molly Sweeney by Brian Friel and The Tempest by William Shakespeare.
From December 2008 to May 2011 he was director of the Teatro Stabile of Naples, where, in addition to The Tempest, in February 2011 he staged Everything great in the Tempest, about the work of Martin Heidegger, the largest philosopher of the twentieth century.
Among his past and future operatic engagements the Season’s opening in Sao Paulo with Il trovatore and at La Fenice with Simon Boccanegra under Myung Whun Chung with revivals in Carlo Felice in Genova and at the Mariinskj under Gergiev, Goyescas and Suor Angelica in Turin in co-production with Florence and Naples, Luisa Miller in Naples, Maria Stuarda at Opera in Rome, a new production Falstaff as opening of the 2018 White Nights in St.Petersburg under Gergiev where he came back for Lucia di Lammermoor, Attila at Festival Verdi in Parma which will be revived at the Opera Tenerife, Anna Bolena at Opera in Rome a production that will be revived at the National opera in Vilnius, Maria Stuarda in Lisboa.
In the Drama field De Rosa’s interest focused on the Classical world and on Shakespeare: Studi sul Simposio from Platone at Franco Parenti in Milan, Falstaff, a personal version based on Shakespeare works, at Teatro Stabile in Turin, Fedra from Seneca in Modena, Bologna, Piccolo Teatro di Milano and Stabile di Torino, Euripide’s Le Baccanti at the Roman Theatre in Pompei and in Neaples, Autobiografia erotica in Rome, Milan and other towns, Shakespeare’s Giulio Cesare at Teatro Bellini in Naples a new creation about Pulcinella at Teatro San Ferdinando in Naples and a new project on Ptreonio Arbitrio Satyricon at the Roman theatre in Pompei and in Teatro Argentina in Rome.