Claudio Orazi, was born in 1959 and he was the General Manager and Artistic Director of the Sferisterio Macerata Opera Association for eleven years.
Following a unanimous decision by the Board of Directors, Claudio Orazi was elected as General Manager of the Arena di Verona Foundation in January 2003. He will hold this position until the year 2006.
As the youngest General Manager in Italy, he guided the transformation process of the Sferisterio Arena from a publicly managed to a privately managed theatre with a strong and important support from the Public Institutions (State, Region and Local Authorities) and Private Organizations on a national and international level.
Over a period of just a few years he gave a new and qualified cultural and technical-organizational identity to the theatre which had been badly developed artistically and had had enormous financial problems. Figures for the public attending the theatre subsequently registered an increase equal to 100%: from 15,000-20,000 spectators from the beginning of 1990 to 35,000-40,000 established over the last eight years.
The artistic programme, the really strong point of the Theatre, received unconditional appreciation from the public and from the press with the awarding of the most prestigious prizes from the national music critics (Premio Abbiati 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2001, the European Opera Award for 1999 and 2002, the Music and Discography Critics' Prize etc.).
As well as these, the productions of the Sferisterio have been performed in national and international theatres: La Scala in Milan, Teatro dell'Opera in Rome, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Teatro Lirico in Cagliari, Teatro Regio in Parma, Teatro Bellini in Catania, Teatro Comunale in Ferrara, Teatro Comunale in Ravenna, the National Theatre of Prague and the National Theatres of Budapest and Bratislava, Komische Oper in Berlin, Concert Halls in Düsseldorf and Stuttgart, the Roman Theatre in Avanches, the Municipal Theatre in Nice, the New National Theatre of Tokyo, the Roman Theatre of Caesarea -Tel Aviv, the National Theatre of Peking. A permanent collaborative relationship was also established with RAI through the production channels of RadioRai, RaiSat, RaiDue, RaiTre, RaiTrade: as well as a series of live concerts on the radio.
The music critics are not the only ones to have registered this success. Important cultural and governing institutions, in Italy and abroad, chose MacerataOpera as a "study case", as the theatre portrayed such an impressive image, despite the limited economic resources available. The General Manager, Mr. Orazi, is regularly invited to give lessons and seminars on various themes relating to the management and organization of performances.
Following his experience in the field of cultural and performance management, the economic weekly magazine, Il Mondo, in 2001 identified Claudio Orazi as being one of the best managers of culture and of musical theatre.
As well as working with the MacerataOpera, Orazi promoted the first European Conference for open-air Musical Theatres which operate in places of relevant historical-artistical and environmental interest: twenty five artistic directors from thirteen different countries assembled in 1997 to launch an initial proposal for the formation of a European Association between these theatres.
Recently Mr. Orazi was invited by the Mayor of the city of Ancona to programme the inaugural Season of the renovated Teatro delle Muse which reopened its doors after having been closed for nearly sixty years.
Before the position of General Manager of the Sferisterio Arena MacerataOpera Association Claudio Orazi collaborated with the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment and with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Director of technical and artistic organization for the occasion of various important music, theatre and dance Festivals which took place in Europe. For these tasks he was highly esteemed and received great recognition.
Previously, while attending the Faculty of Law, Claudio Orazi was nominated Artistic Director of the Teatro Lauro Rossi in Macerata, where he programmed musical and theatrical Seasons, establishing an important alliance with Giorgio Strehler and Il Piccolo Teatro of Milan.
Finally, Claudio Orazi participated, as a speaker, in numerous congresses on various themes on the History of the Theatre: following these congresses, two historical essays are in the process of being published.