Maria Selene Farinelli, Italian stage director, comes from a family of puppeteers. She holds degrees in the disciplines of art, music and performance from University of Bologna, a Master’s degree in Theater as an Educational Discipline from the Department of Education in Bologna, and a second Master's degree in Opera Directing from the Verona Opera Academy.

She carried out several internships as assistant director in theaters such as the Regio of Parma, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Rovigo, Bassano Opera Festival, and Teatro Comunale in Bologna. She has functioned either as assistant stage director or stage director in many Italian theaters, such as the Civic Theater of Vercelli, La Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, in the theaters of Pesaro, Budrio and Imperia directing “Madama Butterfly”. At the Olympic Theater of Vicenza, where she currently is both stage manager and assistant director, she has been involved with the Mozart operas Così fan tutte, Le Nozze di Figaro and Così fan tutte. In 2014 she made her debut at the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago (LU) directing “Il Tabarro”.

In 2015 she was engaged at the Petruzzelli Theater of Bari for the opera “Les Dialogues des Carmelites” by Poulenc, and in the same year for “Le Braci” at the Festival Valle d'Itria, and at the Teatro Comunale in Treviso for Don Giovanni and “L’Italiana in Algeri”. She assisted Leo Muscato for the staging of “I Masnadieri” by Giuseppe Verdi at the Busseto Verdi Festival and in November 2016, she assisted Italo Nunziata for the world premiere of “La scuola dei gelosi” by A.Salieri, which went on tour to Verona, Chieti, Jesi and Belluno.

2017 opened with Ms. Farinelli again collaborating with the Teatro Comunale di Treviso where she is assistant to the American stage director Robert Driver for “Die Entführung aus dem Serail”. She returns this year to the Verdi Festival for the resumption of “I Masnadieri” and to Il Teatro Maggio Musicale Fiorentino for filming “La Scuola dei Gelosi”.

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