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
Donizetti's 'Don Pasquale'
Richard Strauss' 'Elektra' in Bologna
Giuseppe Pennisi samples The Vatican's recent festival of sacred music and art
Antonio Pappano's 'Beethoven and the Contemporaries'
Alban Berg's 'Wozzeck' at La Scala
Giuseppe Pennisi experiences a new dance in Rome
Symphonies, cantatas and concertos by J S Bach
'The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny' by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht
The first in a series of orchestral concerts in Rome
The Tallis Scholars celebrate Arvo Pärt's eightieth birthday at Italy's Sagra Musicale Umbra
German operas at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest
Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Bucharest
Giuseppe Pennisi reviews John Adams' opera 'I Was looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky'
Giuseppe Pennisi was present when La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra visited Rome
Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro
Opera at the Salzburg Summer Festival
Giuseppe Pennisi continues his reports from the Salzburg Summer Festival
Wolfgang Rihm's 'Die Eroberung von Mexico'
Giuseppe Pennisi attended the Chigiana International Festival in Siena
Puccini operas in Rome
Giuseppe Pennisi visits Aix-en-Provence for three operas and an orchestral concert
Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia's Gershwin Gala, attended
Tchaikovsky's 'Queen of Spades' appeals to Giuseppe Pennisi
Alessandro Solbiati's 'Il Suono Giallo'
Giuseppe Pennisi visits Ravenna to hear Pierre Boulez, Adriano Guarnieri and Nicola Piovani
Giorgio Battistelli's new opera for Expo Milano 2015
Giorgio Strehler's 'Marriage of Figaro' finally reaches Rome
Mozart's 'The Magic Flute' from Bologna
Myung-Whun Chung returns to Rome to conduct Beethoven and Mahler
Manfred Honeck conducts Mozart and Mahler
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino's 'Fidelio' is performed under difficult conditions, described
Giuseppe Pennisi describes an intimate 'Aida' in Rome
'Jenufa' at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Music by the French composer George Onslow
'Euridice' according to Salvatore Sciarrino
Giuseppe Pennisi attends a memorial to Luca Ronconi
Printemps des Arts de Monte Carlo
The French ensemble Les Paladins
Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Rome
Mozart's 'Lucio Silla' at La Scala
Gluck's 'Orfeo e Euridice' in Palermo, in the Berlioz version
Bellini's 'I Puritani'
'Le Ventre de Paris'
Giuseppe Pennisi experiences an icy Paris/Milan production of Monteverdi's 'L'incoronazione di Poppea'
Hans Werner Henze's love for Italy, and 'Gisella!' in Palermo
Zimmermann's 'Die Soldaten' in Milan, enthralls Giuseppe Pennisi
Willy Decker's production of Massenet's opera finally reaches Rome
Verdi's 'Un ballo in maschera' in Bologna
'Traviata' on the lagoon
'Il Trovatore' in Naples
Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann
Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening night of La Scala's opera season
Giuseppe Pennisi visits La Fenice for Verdi's 'Simon Boccanegra'
Dvorák's 'Rusalka' in Rome
Giuseppe Pennisi was in Naples for Richard Strauss' 'Salome'
Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening concert of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia's season
Stefano Ranzani conducts Verdi's 'Simon Boccanegra'
A journey to the Almighty with Verdi's 'The Force of Destiny', highly rated
Graham Vick's 'Don Giovanni'
De Giosa's 'Don Checco'
Purcell's 'King Arthur' travels to Italy, and is experienced
The Francesco Siciliani Prize at Sagra Musicale Umbra
'Die Entführung aus dem Serail' at Sagra Musicale Umbra enthralls Giuseppe Pennisi
Giuseppe Pennisi sends a second report from the 2014 Rossini Opera Festival
'The Barber of Seville' at the Rossini Opera Festival
'Madama Butterfly' and 'Il Trittico' at the Puccini Festival, discussed
Richard Strauss at Salzburg
Women and War at the Salzburg Festival
Giuseppe Pennisi experiences Salzburg Festival's 'Ouverture spirituelle'
Wagner's 'Ring' at the Tyroler Festspiele Erl
Giuseppe Pennisi experiences 'Il Bajazet'
A triptych of ballet on tour, with dancing in the monumental Roman ruins
'Carmen' in Bizet's original version
Palermo's mixed reception to an innovative 'Norma'
Giuseppe Pennisi enjoys 'Orfeo e Euridice' at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and surveys the different versions of Gluck's opera
Prokofiev's 'The Love of Three Oranges'
Twentieth century operas in Rome
A new Italian production of Don Giovanni
Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore in Rome
Wagner's 'Tristan und Isolde'
Andrea Molino's Qui non c'è perché
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
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
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