Renzo Giacchieri was born in Rome, where he is still living. There he made his studies, which were awarded with a first-class honours degree in literature, following the completion of his thesis on Richard Wagner.
From 1960 to 1990 he held a managerial position in RAI, and from 1979 he managed all theatre and music programmes for the Italian television's third channel .
In 1974 he was assigned a teaching position at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia, which he held until 1981.
In 1981 he directed Nabucco
in the Verona Amphitheatre, followed by Macbeth
in 1982 and an imposing Don Carlo
in 1992, with set design by Dante Ferretti.
In 1982 he was appointed Sovrintendente, (General Manager) of the Arena di Verona, taking over the established position from his predecessor Carlo Alberto Cappelli, and he held this position until 1986.
He was elected Director of ANELS (National association for Opera and Classical music organizations) and President of the Committee for the Coordination of Music and Dance Activities.
In 1984 he became President of the dell’Association Internationale du Théâtre Lyrique.
Since 1986 he has been Director of the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago.
In 1987 he was assigned the prestigious position of director of Verdi's Aida
, staged in Luxor, Egypt.
From the year 1988 to the year 1990 he was general manager of the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, a position which had to leave because he was elected President of the ETI (Italian Theatre Corporation), a position which he held until 1993, and then in 1994 he became Governing Commissioner.
In 1995 he was nominated Governing Commissioner of the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa.
In 1998 he became, once again, General Manager of the Arena di Verona, holding this position until 2002, guiding its turning into a Foundation.
He is currently Director of the Verona Conservatoire “E.F. Dall’Abaco”.
Among his prizes, “Illica”, “Una vita per la musica”, “Truffaut”.
In the recent years, being free from institutional charges, he restarted his directing activity, displaying many operas in Salzburg, Seville, Tel Aviv, Avenches, Tokyo, San Petersburg, Catania, Rome (Terme di Caracalla), Trieste, Genoa, Salerno, St. Margarethen (Vienna).