Born in Cuneo in 1980, Nicola Berloffa is considered to be one of the most promising directors of his generation. He started studying cinema and music in Torino and eventually obtained a degree at the School of Dramatic Art Paolo Grassi in 2005. He obtained the highest grades in theater direction for his thesis on Franz Wedekind’s Spring Awakens.
Between 2003 and 2011, Berloffa collaborated as assistant director in 28 different operatic productions with Luca Ronconi, Ugo Tessitore, Cesare Lievi or Daniele Abbado at la Scala theatre (Milan), Teatro Regio (Parma), Rossini Opera Festival (Persaro), la Fenice Theatre (Venezia), Teatro Comunale (Ferrara), Teatro Valli (Reggio Emilia), Teatro San Carlo (Napoli), Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Firenze), Teatro Arriaga (Bilbao), La Monnaie (Bruxelles), Teatro Regio (Torino), Opera de Paris and Palau de les arts (Valencia).
In 2006, he worked for the first time as stage director on Vasilij Grosman’s Life and Fate produced by the TST Torino and on Ariel Dorfman’s Der Todt und das madchen for the Teatro Litta di Milano.
In 2008, he won the international competition initiated by the French Minister of Culture and the Centre Français de Production Lyrique for the stage production of Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims produced by sixteen French theatres between seasons 2008-2009 and 2009-2010, including Reims, Vichy, Avignon, Paris-Massy, Montpellier, Clermont -Ferrand, Tours, Metz, Nancy, Toulon, Nice, St. Etienne, Marseille, Bordeaux and Toulouse.
Berloffa has also directed the production La Serva padrona for the Teatro Regio di Torino; Verdi’s Un Giorno di regno at the Cantiere d’Arte (Montepulciano) under the direction of Roland Böer; Le Nozze di Figaro at the Como’s Teatro Sociale; Il Noce di Benevento, Le Chalet and Demetrio e Polibio at the Rossini Festival in Bad Wildbad; Die Zauberlfute and Così fan tutte at Auditorio de Tenerife; Italiana in Algeri at the Operas de Marseille, Vichy, Avignon, Massy and Saint-Etienne; Bizet’s Carmen and Bellini’s Norma at St. Gallen theatre; Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Teatro Municipale Piacenza and Opera de Toulon; La Bohème at Teatro delle Muse in Ancona and Verdi’s Un Ballo in maschera in Pavia, Como, Cremona, Brescia and Toulon.
He was recently acclaimed both by the critics and the public for his work on Carmen in Tenerife and Rennes; Madama Butterfly in Palermo’s Teatro Massimo and La Wally for Piacenza, Modena and Reggio Emilia and Madama Butterfly at the Sferisterio of Macerata; Die Zauberflüte in Santa Cruz; Lucia di Lammermoor in Tenerife, Oviedo; Don Carlo at St. Gallen and Andrea Chenier in Modena, Parma, Ravenna, Piacenza and Reggio Emilia; Carmen in Trapani.
His future engagements include new productions of Cenerentola in Modena’s Teatro Pavarotti ; La Fanciulla del West at Seoul’s Korea National Opera; Orfeo e Euridice at Teatro Lirico of Cagliari; Hamlet by Ambroise Thomas in Saint Etienne; Norma in Piacenza,Modena and Parma; Ariadne auf Naxos in Tenerife; Lucie de Lammermoor in Tours and Quebec City; Andrea Chenier in Cagliari; Norma at Teatro de la Maestranza of Séville; Ariadne auf Naxos in Tenerife; Cavalleria Rusticana e Pagliacci in Saint Etienne
Earlier this year, ForumOpera Magazine awarded Nicola the Trophée de l’année 2017 as best director for his staging of Carmen.