Cecilia Ligorio, director, dramatist, librettist and performer, was born in Verona in 1981. She studied cello, singing dance and philosophy and decided finally to devote herself to the theatre. She graduated in Rome at the National Academy of Dramatic Arts “Silvio d’Amico” receiving the “Vittorio Gassman Award”. She completed her studies at the Institut de Teatre in Barcelona, where she also began to work in directing and dramaturgy, after important encounters with Abilio Estevez and Wajdi Mouawad.
In the first years of her career she worked as an actress directed by directors such as Walcott, Rigola, Tosar, Simó, Gas, Sicca, Rossi and managed the programming of theater and music for children at the Palau de la Musica “Reina Sofia” in Valencia where she worked for the reduction and direction of many works between L’elisir d’amore, La bruja and Porgy and Bess as well as writing and directing numerous musicals in collaboration with the musicians of the Valencia Symphony Orchestra. At the same time she founded: the company “Somnis de Somnis” with which the historic Teatro Circol Maldà of Barcelona reopened, by participating both as an actress and as a director. She is a member of the “IfHuman” company in Brussels and of “Ludwig-workshop of contemporary languages” in Milan.
She made her debut as an opera director with Piazzolla’s Maria in Buenos Aires and soon after was invited to direct Don Pasquale both at the Teatro Principal in Valencia. The Italian debut is with Assassinio nella Cattedrale of Pizzetti at the Milan Cathedral, where she will return with Mosé in Egitto for the Expo celebrations. She has already directed, among others, Don Giovanni (Teatro Principal Valencia), La cambiale di Matrimonio (Bare Opera, NYC), the first in modern times, Baccanali by A. Steffani and Il barbiere di Siviglia (Festival of Valle d’Itria , Martina Franca), Verdi’s Otello (Teatro Verdi of Salerno), La Traviata (LVC, Paris), Il Corregidor y la Molinera and Amor Brujo by De Falla. She is in charge revivals of Madama Butterfly at the Teatro La Fenice, a production conceived by Alex Rigola and Mariko Mori for the 55th edition of the Venice Art Biennale.
She wrote and directed: Figaro & Figaro (dramaturgical fusion of Le Nozze di Figaro and Il Barbiere di Siviglia) in NYC with Bare Opera; Caravaggio Rubato making her debut at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo on commission, with original music by Sollima; the world premiere of Shi, of which she also edited the libretto (published by Ricordi), at the Macerata Festival with music by Boccadoro.
Among the recent and future engagements Giulietta and Romeo of Vaccaj at the Valle d’Itria Festival, a production that will be resumed in other Theaters, the new productions of Semiramide and Turandot at La Fenice, Rigoletto at the Teatro Regio in Turin (a co-production, born at Massimo of Palermo and that will go to the Opéra Royal de Wallonie) where Cecilia joined John Turturro as a collaborating director, Fernando Cortez di Spontini on the occasion of the opening of the new season of the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under the direction of Fabio Luisi. As a drammaturg she is working on an important Donizetti project with Monnaie.