The debut as director of Rossini’s masterpiece will take place in 2006 with an imposing set designed to be staged in the wonderful Piazza del Popolo in Ascoli Piceno.
Lev will direct Il barbiere di Siviglia for a second and third new production only several years later, on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the Festival Aphrodite of Paphos in Cyprus and on the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the death of the genius from Pesaro in 2018 and the following year, as part of the Festival Granda, at the Gran Teatro Nacional del Perù in Lima.
Tosca is the Puccini’s opera that I had the privilege to direct the most times. Among the different editions, I certainly remember my first, which was staged in August 2006 in the splendid setting of Piazza del Popolo in Ascoli Piceno and whose scenography boasted the signature of the Oscar-winning Gianni Quaranta. In September of the same year, this same production was chosen to inaugurate the eighth edition of Bangkok’s International Festival of Dance and Music.
Another edition that I remember with particular fondness is the one that marks my debut in the United States as well as the rebirth of the glorious New York City Opera in January 2016.
Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro is the title that marks Lev’s directorial debut. In 2004, in fact, following the international premiere of Antonio Cericola’s The Adventures of Pinocchio at the Athens Festival, where in addition to being production director, Lev also held the role of assistant director of Christoforos Christofis, he was hired to direct a new production of The Marriage of Figaro which was to be staged in South Korea at the Olympic park in Seoul and then also in Daegu.