Giulio Chazalettes

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Giulio Chazalettes (*1930) is an Italian opera director and former actor.


He was born in Verona [1] (according to another source in Torino [2] ). He was taught in music by his mother, a German pianist. After having settled in Milan, he was accepted by the Piccolo Teatro's acting school. Soon he also joined the company, and appeared in Sacrilegio massimo by Stefano Landi, and replaced Giorgio De Lullo in The Madwoman of Chaillot. Later he went to Dresden to work as an actor and assistant director. Returning to Italy, he finished his musical education at the Florence conservatory. Chazalettes then started his career as an opera director. In 1976, he debuted at La Scala with Massenet's Werther (conducted by Georges Prêtre). His debut at the Vienna State Opera came in 1980 with Verdi's Attila (conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli). Chazalettes also worked for the Chicago Lyric Opera and the Bavarian State Opera. In 1989, he directed Frederica von Stade in Massenet's Cherubin for the Santa Fe Opera, about which the New York Times wrote: "Giulio Chazalettes's staging adopts a broadly comical, burlesque-opera approach that emphasizes Cherubin's lack of discrimination in woman-chasing. The countess (Melanie Helton) and the baroness (Judith Christin) fluttered about as painted gargoyles, their grotesqueness contrasting sharply with the beauty of the boy's other loves, the dancer L'Ensoleillad (Karen Huffstodt) and the peasant girl Nina (Sheryl Woods). Subtler production styles could be imagined, certainly, but this one often tickled the work hilariously into life." [3]

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  1. Cappa, F. and Gelli, Piero (eds.), "Chazalettes, Giulio", Dizionario dello spettacolo dell' 900, Baldini Castoldi Dalai, 1998, ISBN   88-8089-295-9. Accessed online 28 August 2009.
  2. Bavarian State Opera, Biography: Giulio Chazalettes, Accessed 28 August 2009
  3. Henahan, Donal, Massenet's Infrequently Performed 'Cherubin'. New York Times , 4 August 1989. Accessed 28 August 2009