Rosetta Cucchi is a successful international stage director and the artistic director of Wexford Opera Festival.
OperaWire: What was the first opera you attended?
Rosetta Cucchi: “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” by Rossini
OW: What was the first opera you directed?
RC: “La Scala di Seta” by Rossini
OW: What is the next opera you are scheduled to direct?
RC: “Adriana Lecouvreur” by Cilea at Sydney Opera
OW: What is your favorite opera?
RC: “La Traviata” by Verdi
OW: Of all the characters that you have directed, which is most like you?
RC: Don Giovanni
OW: Which opera would you love to direct, but so far have not managed to?
RC: “Kata’a Kabanova” by Janacek
OW: If you could sit down to dinner with three characters, who would they be?
RC: Joan of Arc, Don Giovanni & Prince Gremin
OW: Which character whom you have directed do you find the most dislikable?
OW: If you could exchange your life with that of any character, who would it be?
RC: Don Quichotte
OW: What is your favorite piece of non-operatic music?
RC: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2
OW:Who is your favorite director?
RC: Robert Carsen
OW: If you weren’t a director, what job would you have liked to do?
OW: Do you prefer directing serious or comedy opera?
OW: If you could have any composer write an opera for you to direct, who would it be?
OW: What do you like most about your job?
RC: The creativity
OW: You are an Italian who has spent a lot of time in Ireland, name something you prefer about Ireland.
RC: The people’s sense of humor.
OW: What are you reading at the moment?
RC: It is a book which hasn’t a title yet by Luigi Ferrari
OW: Who is your favorite painter?
OW: What is your favorite film?
RC: “Pretty Woman”
OW: In which opera house would you most like to direct an opera, but as yet have not had the opportunity?
RC: Covent Garden