Italian actress, associate director and director Eleonora Gravagnola makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2019/20 Season as the revival director for Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci.
Gravagnola studied stage design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples, where she also attended the Academy of the Theatre Bellini. She has undergone acting and directing courses funded by the European Union, and has studied with teachers including Lio Bau, Jos Houben, Marcello Magni, Michèle Millner and Bruce Mysters, and had internships at various US theatres, at Ariane Mnouchkine’s Théâtre du Soleil and at Peter Brook’s Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord. She directed the education opera Puerta Abiertas at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia. She works regularly with Damiano Michieletto as an Associate Director for opera, including for La scala di seta, La gazza ladra, L’italiana in Algeri, Il viaggio a Reims and Guillaume Tell, Idomeneo, Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte, L’elisir d’amore, La bohème and Il trittico, La Damnation de Faust, Die lustige Witwe, Macbeth and Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci, working in theatres in the UK, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Russia and Japan. She has revived several of Michieletto’s productions.
Gravagnola has also worked as an assistant director of opera with Michal Znaniecki, Laurent Pelly and Lorenzo Mariani. She has taught acting to student singers at the Centre of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía and at the Accademia della Scala, Milan.