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Jean Romain Vesperini is both stage director for drama and opera. He studied acting at l’Ecole du Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris and singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He has collaborated  with famous directors such as Peter Stein, Luc Bondy and Georges Lavaudant and such conductors as Daniele Rustioni, Tugan Sokhiev, Giacomo Sagripanti, Sir Antonio Pappano,Michel Plasson, Kirill Petrenko, Antonello Allemandi, Myung Whun Chung, Zubin Mehta, Alain Lombard, Kazushi Ono, Jérémie Rohrer.


He made his debut at Opera National de Paris with a new production of Gounod’s Faust conducted by Michel Plasson, starring the tenor Piotr Beczala. 


Upcoming projects include a new production of  La Bohème at the Bolshoi theater and productions for The French May Festival at the Hong Kong Cultural Center, Ekaterinburg State Opera, Opera de Saint Etienne in March 2019, in a coproduction with Palazetto Bru Zane, among others.


Recently he directed La Traviata for the Operas of Limoges, Reims and Rennes. The production has been broadcast on France Musique and national television with great success. He was then re-invited to create a new co-production with Opera de Rouen of Lucia di Lamermoor. 

At the Lyon Opera House, he staged the modern opera Douce et Barbe Bleue by Isabelle Aboulker and Pinocchio by Thierry Lalo at Opéra National de Paris.

From 2008 until 2012 Vesperini held the position of resident director for the festival “Nuits de Corte” in Corsica where he directed Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte and  Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
He recently staged the Paris Opera Competition, Les Mozart de l'Opéra at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris.

As a collaborator, he worked on such operas as Don Carlo at Salzburg Festival and La Scala, Aida at Stanislavsky Theatre in Moscow, Pique Dame , La Clemenza di Tito, Berg’s Lulu at the Opera National de Lyon - which Vesperini revived himself at La Scala and at the Wiener Festwochen, La Damnation de Faust at the Bolshoi in Moscow and Verdi’s Attila in Verona.

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July 2018

Puccini - La Bohème - Stage Director

Bolshoi Theatrе, Moscow

Daniele Rustioni, Conductor


January 2017

Les Mozart de l’Opéra Competition - Stage Director

Paris Opera Competition | Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

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Rouen, Limoges and Reims Operas - Lucia di Lamermoor - Stage Director, 2015

Without being strictly traditional, the scenic proposal of Jean-Romain Vesperini is both stylish and refined, filled with beautiful and strong images. His work is far from any cheap exoticisms and psychoanalytic rantings proposed by some of his colleagues.

- Emmanuel Andrieu, Opera Online

It turns out that Jean-Romain Vesperini is a free spirit and he doesn't succumb to modes and wrecking temptations to which the opera is often given over. Love of singers dominates Jean-Romain Vesperini's work, and in a way, guides it.

- François Vicaire, Théâtre Normandie

Nothing’s missing in this production by Jean-Romain Vesperini. The director depicts the story with a touch of delicacy and restraint. The voices get preserved in this subtle setting of  shades.

- Jean-François Julien, Le Populaire

The direction of actors is effective in a beautiful uncluttered vision. 

- Jean-Luc Macia, Opera Magazine

Jean-Romain Vesperini pushes to climax emotions and promotes fantastic while evacuating melodrama aspect. (...) The set has the advantage of restarting permanently our focusing. And concerning Lucia's wedding dress, imbibed by the blood flowing from the walls, it is a success. 


- Brigitte Cormier, Forumopera

"The staging of Jean-Romain Vesperini completely renews our point of view  (...) It results a sober and strong stage direction (...) All these factors contribute to the success of a skilful staging in its references, bold, effective and heart moving." 

- Pierre Degott, Resmusica

Opéra National de Paris - Faust - Stage Director, 2015

At Bastille, "Faust» grabbed the Grand opera in all its glory : At only 33 years, Jean-Romain Vesperini was chosen to take over the staging of the production of" Faust " by Gounod at Bastille. (…) It should be pointed out straight away that it is a Beautiful production.

- Bertrand Renard, Culturebox

The beautiful images keep on coming, singers follow. The stage power recovers Gothic muscle and we could admire a powerful chorus of soldiers, the death of Valentin meaningful, a dynamic Walpurgis ballet.

- Guillaume Tion, Libération

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