Giulio Magnanini, Director of the Opéra de Nice choir

After studying music at the Ottorino Respighi school of music in Imperia, Giulio Magnanini completed his training as a pianist at the Niccolo’ Paganini conservatory in Genoa, and as choirmaster and head of composition at the Giuseppe Verdi conservatory in Turin. He began his career as a lead singer and choirmaster in a number of productions (The Marriage of Figaro, Cavalleria Rusticana, etc.).

From 1991 to 2003, he headed up the 'Cantores Bormani' choir in Imperia. He was hired by the Opéra de Nice in October 1994 as an assistant to the choirmaster Dante Ghersi, followed by Jean Laforge. He created his first ever production for the Opéra de Nice in July 1996, La Traviata, showcased as part of the 'Musiques au Cœur' festival in Antibes. He has overseen the Opéra de Nice choir since May 1997. Under his direction, the choir regularly excels in a variety of pieces produced in different seasons. His most recent successes include productions of Parsifal, Boris Godunov, La damnation de Faust, Norma at the Salle Pleyel alongside Edita Gruberova during a Parisian tour for which he received excellent reviews in the specialised press.

Since his appointment, he has worked to modernise the Opéra de Nice choir's repertoire, including a number of 'a cappella' pieces and contemporary works as part of the Opéra de Nice's symphonic seasons. Since July 2000, the Opéra de Nice choir has been regularly invited to perform at the prestigious Chorégies d’Orange.

Giulio Magnanini even took over directorship of all of the Chorégies choirs for a production of Carmen directed by Master Chung. For the 2006 edition, he headed up the Festival's choirs for a surprising version of Lucia di Lammermoor alongside Rolando Villazon and Patricia Ciofi, and returned in August 2010, with the Festival's management team entrusting him with the task of preparing the entire choir for Charles Gounod'sMireille.

Giulio Magnanini, Director of the Opéra de Nice choir