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Jean Romain Vesperini is both theatre director and opera director. He studied drama at l’Ecole du Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris and singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where he trained as a baritone.


During the seasons of 2012 and 2013, Jean Romain Vesperini directed La Traviata for the Operas of Limoges, Reims and Rennes. The production has been broadcast on France Musique and national television (France 3) with great success. He was then re-invited to create a new co-production of Lucia di Lamermoor in Rouen, Limoges and Reims.


In March 2015, he directed a new staging of the production of Gounod’s Faust conducted by Michel Plasson and starring the tenor Piotr Beczala at the Bastille, Opera 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. At the Lyon Opéra National, he staged the modern opera Douce et Barbe Bleue by Isabelle Aboulker and Pinocchio by Thierry Lalo at the Amphithéâtre de l’Opéra Bastille.


His theater work has included Hanokh Levin's The Labour of Life at the Comédie de Picardie, Ibsen's La Dame de la Mer with the French actor Jacques Weber, Labiche's L’Affaire de la rue de Lourcine and Fausto Paravidino's Due Fratelli for which he wrote the translation from Italian himself.


He has collaborated with famous directors such as Georges Lavaudant, Peter Stein and Luc Bondy in operas like Don Carlo at Salzburg Festival, Aïda at Stanislavsky Theatre in Moscow then at La Scala di Milano, Tchaikovsky's Pique Dame , Mozart's 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 Bolshoï in Moscow and Verdi’s Attila at the Arena di Verona. For the Theatre he worked on Les Fausses Confidences by Marivaux with Isabelle Huppert, Ivanov by Tchekhov and Le Prix Martin by Labiche at Théâtre National de l’Odéon, The Tempest by Shakespeare at les Nuits d’été de Fourvières, The Night of The Iguana by Tennesse Williams, Cyrano de Bergerac by Rostand at Maly Theatre in Moscow.


Upcoming projects include a new production of Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur with Beatrice Uria Monzon for her debut in the title role, Massenet's Don Quichotte with the conductor Tugan Sokhev, and the staging of the final of the Paris Opera Competition at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris. Jean Romain will also direct the play Le Nouveau Testament  by Sacha Guitry.

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January 2017

Verdi - Don Carlo - Artistic Collaboration

Teatro alla Scala, Milano

Myung-Whun Chun, Conductor

Peter Stein, Stage Director


Les Mozart de l’Opéra Competition - Stage Director

Paris Opera Competition | Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
July 2016

Berlioz - La Damnation de Faust - Artistic Collaboration

Bolshoi Theatrе, Moscow

Tugan Sokhiev, Conductor

Peter Stein, Stage Director

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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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