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Giuseppe Pennisi

Giuseppe Pennisi is an Italian economist addicted to opera since the age of twelve. Although he has pursued a career in government, international organizations (mostly the World Bank, where he was employed for twelve years, mainly in management positions) and universities, he has also had a parallel operatic path. He has been vice-president of the Spoleto Opera Company, and is now chairman of the Cultural Economics Committee in the Italian Ministry of Culture and Antiquities. He is also a member of the National Council on Cultural Policies. He has written nearly twenty books on economics (one in the form of an opera libretto), and reviews opera regularly for the daily paper Il Foglio, the weekly Milano Finanza, the monthly Musica and the news and comments agency Il Velino.

Music & Vision articles by Giuseppe Pennisi

Berlioz's Les Troyens

Brits in Rome

Rossini's 'Maometto II'

A Zemlinsky-Puccini double bill in Turin

Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Printemps des Arts in Monte Carlo

Silvia Colasanti's 'La Metamorfosi'

Power, technology and sex in Rimsky Korsakov's 'The Tsar's Bride'

Giuseppe Pennisi was at Puccini's 'Manon Lescaut', performed under difficult conditions in Rome

A special 'Otello'

Rome's 'Controtempo' contemporary music festival

Giuseppe Pennisi visits Pisa for The Tales of Hoffmann

Giuseppe Pennisi compares versions of Mahler's Resurrection Symphony

Giuseppe Pennisi attends a Ravel double bill in Rome

'Feuersnot' by Richard Strauss

A new production of Wagner's 'Parsifal'

New Year in Italy

Comic operas in Berlin

Meyerbeer's L'Africaine

Verdi's 'La Traviata' at the start of La Scala's new season

Giuseppe Pennisi attended a successful performance of Verdi's 'Ernani' in Rome

Verdi's Shakespeare trilogy in Ravenna

'Simon Boccanegra' in Turin

Giuseppe Pennisi was at a concert performance in Rome of Britten's 'Peter Grimes'

Turandot in Rome as written by Puccini

Giuseppe Pennisi listens to contemporary music at two Italian festivals

Wagner and Britten in the Umbrian Hills

Giuseppe Pennisi visits Sagra Musicale Umbra

Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Schoenberg in Bucharest

Contemporary music at the Enescu Festival, discussed

'Otello' in an immigration camp at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest

Giuseppe Pennisi listens to orchestral and chamber concerts at the Salzburg Summer Festival

An unusual Salzburg 'Ring'

Giuseppe Pennisi reports on Mozart, Verdi and Wagner operas from Salzburg's summer festival

Giuseppe Pennisi was at the 2013 Torre del Lago Festival for a new international production of 'Tosca' and a performance of 'Rigoletto' with young singers

Giuseppe Pennisi was at the 2013 Rossini Opera Festival

Summer opera in Rome

Contemporary and modern music at Aix-en-Provence

'Electra' and 'Elena' at Aix-en-Provence

Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Tunisia's El Jem Symphony Festival

Britten's 'Curlew River' in Rome

A half-baked 'Don Pasquale'

Purcell's 'Dido and Aeneas' in the Roman Gym

Three one act operas exploring the condition of women

Antonio Pappano's 'Un Ballo in Maschera'

A new start for 'Il Trionfo di Clelia'? Giuseppe Pennisi has his doubts

Wagner's 'Götterdämmerung' at La Scala Milan

Giuseppe Pennisi attended a performance of Wagner's 'Rienzi' in Rome

Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening night of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Wagner's 'Flying Dutchman' enthralls Giuseppe Pennisi

Eighteenth century Neapolitan cello concertos fascinate Giuseppe Pennisi

Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening night of Verdi's 'Don Carlo' in Turin

Saint-Saëns' 'Samson' as envisaged by La Fura dels Baus

Bartók and Cambodian music in Monte Carlo

Alexander Raskatov's 'A Dog's Heart'

Giuseppe Pennisi experiences Ravenna's first performance of Britten's 'The Rape of Lucretia'

Makropoulos in the Lagoon

Verdi's rarely performed 'I Due Foscari'

A shocking 'Die Walküre'

Bayreuth's 'Das Rheingold' previewed in Rome

Adolphe Adam's 'Giselle'

An evening of piano music from Giuseppe Andaloro

Verdi, Shakespeare and Macbeth's lust for power

Giuseppe Pennisi takes a sniff at Shostakovich's 'The Nose'

If 'Das Rheingold' becomes a comedy

A piano journey on the Danube

Giuseppe Pennisi discusses a sexy 'Falstaff' at La Scala

The legacy of Giacinto Scelsi twenty-five years on

Stravinsky's 'The Rite of Spring'

Music by Vivaldi in the churches of Rome

Minkus' 'Don Quixote' in Rome

Concerts in Rome for Peace

A sexless 'Traviata' opens San Carlo's new season in Naples

A controversial 'Lohengrin' at La Scala

'Simon Boccanegra' in Rome

Works by Sciarrino and Messiaen. '... quite eclectic ...'

Chinese National Opera's 'Turandot' on tour

Rome's new production of Prokofiev's 'Romeo and Juliet'

Giuseppe Pennisi visits Sagra Musicale Umbra 2012

Giuseppe Pennisi reports on Spontini's recently discovered comedy 'La Fuga in Maschera'

More from this summer's Salzburg Festival

At the Salzburg Summer Festival, Giuseppe Pennisi was enthralled by Bernd Alois Zimmermann's 'Die Soldaten'

Giuseppe Pennisi reports on his week at the Rossini Opera Festival

Summer Opera in Rome

Giuseppe Pennisi describes how the Puccini Opera Festival is at a turning point

Giuseppe Pennisi visits the annual Munich Opera Festival

Giuseppe Pennisi describes how Gounod's 'Roméo et Juliette' attracts a new audience in Verona

Giuseppe Pennisi visits the 2012 Tyrol Festival for new productions of 'Lohengrin' and 'Tosca'

Giuseppe Pennisi visits the 2012 Ravenna Festival

Benjamin Britten's chamber opera 'The Turn of the Screw' opens the 55th Spoleto Festival

Giuseppe Pennisi reports on a three-day musical party near Lucca in Tuscany

Britten's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

An Almodóvar-style 'Elisir d'Amore' from Valencia and Palermo

Giuseppe Pennisi was in Berlin for the opening night of a revival of 'The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny'

Giuseppe Pennisi reports on bel canto in Europe

Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening night of Teatro dell'Opera di Roma's production of Verdi's 'Attila'

Giuseppe Pennisi was at La Scala for a new production of 'Peter Grimes'

Zemlinksy's 'Der König Kandaules'

'Der Rosenkavalier' at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, a festival with a rich programme but a dire financial situation

Giuseppe Pennisi was in Ravenna for the revival of a successful production of Handel's 'Rinaldo'

Giuseppe Pennisi describes a rather half-baked 'Barber of Seville'

Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening night of the new Parma-Montecarlo production of Verdi's 'Stiffelio'

Giuseppe Pennisi visits Palermo for the critical edition of Musorgsky's 'Boris Godunov'

Giuseppe Pennisi reports on the opening night of 'Die Zauberflöte' in Rome

Strauss's 'woman' on the analyst's couch

Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Naples on 'I Masnadieri' and 'Die Räuber'

Operas for reconstruction at L'Aquila

A new 'Butterfly' production in Rome

Franz Schmidt's 'The Book with Seven Seals'

A Neapolitan 'Threepenny Opera'

A shock to the normally conservative audience at Rome's Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

Verdi's 'Aida' began the 2012 season at Parma's Teatro Regio, and Giuseppe Pennisi was there

Giuseppe Pennisi discovers, via Bernstein's 'Candide', why we don't live in 'the best of all possible worlds'

Giuseppe Pennisi was in eastern Sicily for the opening night of Teatro Massimo Bellini's 2012 season - a low cost but high quality 'Carmen'

Giuseppe Pennisi reports on music for the Christmas and New Year period in Italy, for children and for those who love children

On the rediscovery of the Italian symphonic tradition

Under Riccardo Muti's baton, Verdi's first Shakespearean opera inaugurates Rome's opera season

Giuseppe Pennisi reports on a controversial new production of Mozart's 'Don Giovanni' which opened La Scala's 2011-12 season in Milan

Sex and power in the aftermath of a Middle Eastern war, when 'Semiramide' opens the opera season in Naples

Two concerts conducted by Antonio Pappano

Rossini at La Scala

Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening night of the new production in Florence of Janácek's 'The Makropoulos Case'

Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Verdi Festival, which is short of money but not of ideas

Teatro Real, Paris Opéra and La Scala join forces for the centenary of 'Der Rosenkavalier'

Giuseppe Pennisi reports on the Richard Strauss masterpiece co-produced by Rome's Teatro dell'Opera and the Salzburg Festival

Giuseppe Pennisi was at the first performance of Alessandro Solbiati's 'La Leggenda' in Turin, and raises the issue of the replicability of modern grand opera

Giuseppe Pennisi takes a glimpse at the Enescu Festival's Jubilee programme

Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Sagra Musicale Umbra, celebrating old and new continents

Avant-garde and late romanticism at La Sagra Malatestiana

Giuseppe Pennisi reports on 'La Salustia' and 'La Serva Padrona' from the Pergolesi Festival

Contemporary music at Salzburg

Giuseppe Pennisi reports on Janácek and Strauss at the Salzburg Summer Festival

New aspects of Rossini brought to light at the 2011 Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, discussed

The 2011 Sferisterio Festival

Giuseppe Pennisi was at the 2011 Puccini Festival

Giuseppe Pennisi has mixed feelings about 'Aida' at the Baths of Caracalla

Giuseppe Pennisi reports from the 2011 Tiroler Festspiele

Giuseppe Pennisi visits the 2011 Aix-en-Provence Festival and reports on four of the six operas

Giuseppe Pennisi was at the Italian premiere in Ravenna of Mercadante's 'I Due Figaro'

A new production of Puccini's 'La bohème' at Rome's Teatro dell'Opera

Giuseppe Pennisi visits the sophisticated music festival in a Tuscan mountain convent and stays for the full three days

Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra are currently on a world tour. Giuseppe Pennisi listens to their concert in Rome

'La Battaglia di Legnano'

'Sicilian Vespers' as conceived by Verdi

Verdi's 'Ernani' - more revolutionary than patriotic

Works by Eötvös and Bartók

Giuseppe Pennisi was at the Italian première of Bohuslav Martinu's Greek Passion

Set in the aftermath of a nuclear war, the first performance of Luca Francesconi's 'Quartett' is

Thanks to a sparkling 'Barber of Seville', Giuseppe Pennisi rediscovers the beauty of Rossini's orchestration

A very British version of Mozart's 'Die Entführung aus dem Serail' returns to Rome

Two symphony orchestras are playing Mahler in Rome

A Ferrero / Dallapiccola double bill in Modena

Handel's 'Giulio Cesare in Egitto'

A new production of Verdi's 'Nabucco' celebrates the 150th anniversary of Italy's Unification

The first Milan performance of Britten's 'Death in Venice'

Shostakovich's 'The Nose'

British humour under the Neapolitan sun, in 'L'Elisir d'Amore' in Rome and San Francisco

Marco Tutino's 'Senso'

Verdi's 'La Forza del Destino'

'Les Nuits d'Eté' from Rome's Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

William Bolcom's 'A View from the Bridge'

A fresh start for Gnecchi's 'Cassandra'

'Ariadne auf Naxos' in Paris

Dancing to Bizet's 'L'Arlésienne' and 'Carmen'

'The Merry Widow'

Puccini's 'La Fanciulla del West'

Giuseppe Pennisi was at La Scala Milan for Wagner's 'Die Walküre'

Rossini's 'Moïse et Pharaon'

Ian McEwan and Michael Berkeley's 'For You'

Two contemporary music festivals in Rome, described

Mahler's Fifth Symphony - a self-metamorphosis from grief to ecstatic energy

Mariella Devia and the Twilight of Bel Canto

Shostakovich's 'Leningrad'

Celso Albelo hits Venice as Nemorino in Donizetti's 'L'Elisir d'Amore'

The Israel Camerata Orchestra Jerusalem

Hans Werner Henze's 'Pollicino' thrills children and adults in Florence

Rossini's 'William Tell', from Rome to the BBC Proms

Giuseppe Pennisi describes the 2010 Parma Verdi Festival's stormy beginning

'Orphée' at the Roma-Europa Festival

Donizetti's last Tudor Queen returns to Rome, and Carmela Remigio enchants Giuseppe Pennisi

The new Palermo production of Rossini's 'The Barber of Seville', a casual worker in Almodóvar's Seville

Giuseppe Pennisi visits Italy's Sagra Musicale Umbra

Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Sagra Musicale Malatestiana

Romabarocca Ensemble plays Carlo Rainaldi. '... they will go far in the rediscovery of Baroque music.'

Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Salzburg Festival to investigate 'the downfall of the myth and the spirit of the music'

Giuseppe Pennisi visits the 2010 Rossini Opera Festival

'Juditha triumphans' at the Sferisterio Festival

The 'Glory of God' through three Verdi operas at the Sferisterio Festival 2010

Giuseppe Pennisi finds 'Madama Butterfly' at the Puccini Festival a pleasure for the ears and the eyes

'La Fanciulla del West' at the Puccini Festival

Giuseppe Pennisi files his last report from the 2010 Aix-en-Provence Festival

Oscar Strasnoy's 'Un Retour'

Stravinsky's 'Le Rossignol'

'Don Giovanni' in Aix-en-Provence, a black comedy of sex and loneliness

Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Ravenna Festival

Massenet's 'Manon' returns to Rome

Shchedrin's 'Anna Karenina' and other premières at The Stars of the White Nights Festival

Mahler's Third Symphony

'Madama Butterfly' at Rome's Teatro dell'Opera

Barenboim's 'Das Rheingold' at La Scala

Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Antonio Pappano and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

Giuseppe Pennisi attends the beginning of the Tiroler Festspiele 2010

Richard Strauss' 'Die Frau ohne Schatten'

Massenet's 'Werther' on the psychotherapist's couch

Operas by Zemlinsky and Puccini

Franz Schreker's 'Die Gezeichneten'

'Lulu' lands at La Scala

Sixty Leitmotives for 'Tosca'

The bicentennial 'Simon Boccanegra' in Parma

Giuseppe Pennisi has mixed feelings about La Scala's new Wagnerian production

Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Arrigo Boito's 'Mefistofele'

Tan Dun's 'The Banquet'

The current Italian season of Mozart's 'Idomeneo'

Giuseppe Pennisi tours Austria with a young Italian symphony orchestra

Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Vienna State Opera

In the 20th anniversary year of Bernstein's death, Giuseppe Pennisi writes about Italy's homage to Lenny

Bologna's Renaissance music. '... an efficient and effective local ensemble ...'

The first performance of the unabridged 'Elektra' enthralls the audience

Verdi comic operas on stage

Henze and Mahler in Rome

'Tosca' and 'Butterfly' with live electronics

Giuseppe Pennisi experiences Zeffirelli's latest 'La traviata'

Giuseppe Pennisi reports that chamber opera is alive and well

'Carmen' at La Scala

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