Paolo Panizza was born in 1962 in Verona. At the age of 13 he began to work in the Arena Amphitheatre, starting with all the odd jobs which every theatrical career requires. The opera and the classical studies accompanied him to his fortunate encounter with Pier Luigi Pizzi. His first professional experience was with the Great Maestro in 1984, at the Teatro La Fenice: the performance in stage form of the Passion according to John by Bach. Subsequently he performed Rinaldo by Haendel, Il cappello di paglia by Firenze, Lohengrin, Otello by Rossini, Turandot and many other operas which were successful and prestigious until 1989.
Paolo Panizza then worked an assitant director and in-house director in the Arena di Verona and the Teatro Filarmonico from 1992 to 1999, performing all of the best known repertoire with directors such as Zeffirelli, Pier Alli, Montaldo, Herzog, De Bosio, Montresor, Mansouri and many others. Since 1995 he started to collaborate with Maestro Pizzi. (Orfeo di Bertoni, Danaidi di Salieri, La nascita di Orfeo, Macbeth, Mosé, Aida in Athens etc.)
Paolo Panizza re-produced the direction, once again by Pizzi, of Conte Ory by Rossini (seasons in the opera theatres of Lombardy in the year 2000), the 'blue' Aida at the Arena di Verona (2001), Un giorno di regno by Verdi at the Teatro alla Scala and at the Palazzo dei Congressi of La Coruña (2001), to the re-production of La Clemenza di Tito, already performed by the Teatro La Fenice in Venice and the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, with a fortunate tour which lasted from November 2001 until the transfer to Vichy and Massy in the Autumn of 2002.
In 2002 Mr. Panizza was once again engaged with Pizzi also in the successful Pietra del Paragone in the Rossini Opera Festival and in Idomeneo in the Teatro in Ancona.
2002 was also the year when he carried out the important direction of Megaron in Athens: Lucia di Lammermoor with Anderson and Vargas. With Aslico he reproduced L'Italiana in Algeri in Pavia with the successful performance by Pizzi and this was followed by a tour which included Como, Cremona, Ravenna and Brescia. At the end of the year he created a an entertaining direction for Aslico at the Palazzina Liberty in Milan.
2003 was a very successful year: after the assistance of Pizzi in I Vespri Siciliani in Busseto, Paolo Panizza was the director of Cinderella co-produced by the Teatri S.p.A. of Treviso and Teatro La Fenice in Venice and was once again the director of Megaron in Athens of a spectacular Turandot conducted by Maestro Donato Renzetti, with Casolla and Galouzine. In the summer he returned to the Arena to supervise the Office of Direction and direct the performance of the Gala Traviata in semi-stage form on July 31st, making his dream come true of directing in the theatre where he began his theatrical career.