British-Italian choreographer Angelo Smimmo made his Royal Opera debut as Revival Choreographer for Die Zauberflöte in the 2017/18 Season. In the 2018/19 Season he is Revival Choreographer for Le nozze di Figaro.
Smimmo studied dance and singing at Rudra where was mentored by Maurice Béjart and Micha van Hoecke, Carolyn Carlson, Ferruccio Soleri, Yoshi Oida and Sulamith Messerer among others. He has performed with several leading companies and choreographers including with Anne Delbé from the Comédie-Française (Othello), Lindsay Kemp (A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Elizabeth I), Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre directed by Michael Keegan Dolan (Giselle, The Bull, James, Son of James and The Rite of Spring), Arthur Pita (Carmen, The Little Match Girl) and Roberto De Simone (La gatta Cenerentola, L’opera buffa, Requiem per P. Pasolini, Osteria di Marechiaro) and for director Terry Gilliam (La Damnation de Faust, Benvenuto Cellini).
Smimmo has written, directed and choreographed Viaggio barocco, an operatic drama that uses baroque music to explore issues of immigration, for Teatro Colón in Bogotá and the Napoli Teatro Festival. He has directed and choreographed Apollo e Dafne for La Rocca Barocca Festival and choreographed Pagliacci and Il tabarro for Korean National Opera and Il barbiere di Siviglia for Teatro Comunale Bologna. He has revived the choreography for McVicar’s Royal Opera productions of Faust and Die Zauberflöte in London and Rome, and revived Leah Hausman’s choreography for Terry Gilliam’s English National Opera productions of La Damnation de Faust and Benvenuto Cellini for Dutch National Opera, Paris Opéra, Liceu, Barcelona, Rome Opera, Berlin State Opera, Opera Vlaanderen and Teatro Massimo di Palermo.