Angelo Gobbiato, stagedirector
Angelo Gobbato is an acclaimed baritone, opera director and producer. He has been awarded the Nederburg Opera Prize three times, namely for his portrayal of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and for his productions of La Forza del Destino and Turandot. His many producions for CAPAB Opera (now Cape Town Opera) include II Trovatore. The Count of Luxemourg, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Traviata, Norma, Rigoletto, Tannhäuser, Un Ballo in Maschera, Nabucco, Andrea Chénier, Fidelio on Robben Island and Cape Town Aqua Opera 2005.
He has directed Porgy & Bess and Don Giovanni in Pretoria and Don Pasquale in Stellenbosch and Grahamstown, followed by Porgy & Bess in Cape Town, which then toured to Umeå and Kiruna in Sweden. He directed a new production of La Bohéme for Teatre Principal di Palma in Mallorca, Spain, and in 2003 directed Nabucco for the Royal Opera in Toronto, Canada.Productions he has directed for the UCT Opera School in collaboration with Cape Town Opera include Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, The Merry Widow, The Magic Flute, Hansel and Gretel, L`Elisir d`Amore, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, La Bohéme, The Pearl Fishers and Cosi fan Tutte.
He began his singing studies in Cape Town with Albina Bini and later studied with Carlo Tagliabue in Milan and Adelheid Armholdt and Fred Dalberg in Cape Town.
In 1982e was appointed Head of Operatic Studies at the SA College of Music at UCT and in 1986 he was granted ‘ad hominem’ promotion to Associate Professor. In 1986 he received Italy highest civic order, the title ‘Cavaliere nell`Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana’.The South African Ministry of Environmental and Cultural Affairs recognised his achievements in the development of Vocal Arts in the Western Cape and in 2000 he received an honoraiy doctorate from the University of Cape Town for his outstanding achievements in the creation of a genuinely South African opera culture.
He retired in 2005 as Chief Execuve of Cape Town Opera and now freelances as opera director while he continues his duties as Head of UCT Opera School.