Romeo Castellucci


Romeo Castellucci, photo Luca Del Pia

photo Luca Del Pia

Romeo Castellucci (born 1960, Italy) graduated with a degree in painting and stage design from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. In 1981, jointly with Claudia Castellucci and Chiara Guidi, he founded Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio. Since then he has produced numerous plays as an author, director and a designer of sets, lighting, sound and costumes. His works, which combine multiple arts to achieve a holistic effect, have been presented in more than 50 countries. Castellucci’s dramatic lines challenge the primacy of literature. His theatre is a visual, complex art rich in vision. He has developed a language that is comprehensible in the same way as music, sculpture, painting and architecture can be. Since 2006 Castellucci has been working individually. His productions are regularly invited to the world’s most prestigious theatres, opera houses and festivals.

Castellucci’s music and opera directing credits include: Monteverdi’s Il Combattimento, Wagner’s Parsifal (Prix Europe Francophone, 2011), Schubert’s Schwanengesang, Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice, Feldman’s Neither, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. He is also the author of a number of dramaturgical works including: The Theatre of Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio (Routledge, 2007) and Itinera. Trajectoires de la forme, Tragedia Endogonidia (Actes Sud, 2008).

Romeo Castellucci was made Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Ministry of Culture of the French Republic (2002) and is the recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement (La Biennale Teatro di Venezia; 2013), the title of Best Opera Director (Opernwelt magazine, 2014), the Ubu Prize (1997, 2000, 2004, and 2006 with special distinction). Among his other major awards are: Masque d’Or Prize for best foreign play for Orestea (una commedia organica?) (Festival Theatre des Ameriques in Canada, 1996), Prize for Best International Production for Genesi. From the Museum of Sleep (Dublin Theatre Festival, 2000) and, most recently, an award for On the Concept of the Face, Regarding the Son of God (Bitef Festival, Belgrad, 2012).