Jean-Romain Vesperini studied acting at l’École du Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris and singing at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where he trained as a baritone.
After graduation, Jean-Romain decided to pursue a career as a stage director and spent several years collaborating with Luc Bondy, Peter Stein and Georges Lavaudant from 2005 until 2017.
As a result of these long-term partnerships he built solid professional experience by managing, leading the artistic ensembles, planning and negotiating in major Opera Houses such as La Scala, Paris and Lyon Opera, Bolshoi Opera, as well as at the Opéra-Comique, Salzburg Festspiele, Verona Opera, Aix en Provence festival…
In 2012 his own career developed with a successful production of La Traviata invited by Rennes, Limoges and Reims Opera houses in France, which was broadcast on french national television and radio, and which led to a return invitation by these Opera houses to stage a new production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor.
He also founded his own company and became a producer of his own theatrical shows, being responsible of fundraising and building production budget. He staged Ibsen’s The Lady from the sea, Paravidino’s Two Brothers, Levin’s The Labour of life…
At the same period he staged Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte and Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Les Nuits de Corté festival (Corsica), building a special partnership with Lyon Opera.
At 33, he staged Gounod’s Faust at Opéra National de Paris conducted by Michel Plasson with whom he would work on the same opera at Geneva Opera house in 2018.
In 2018, The Bolshoi Theatre invited him to create a new production of Puccini’s Bohème, now an important part of the opera house’s repertoire. This same year, Hong Kong Opera, in coproduction with The French May Festival, hired him for Bizet’s Carmen.
This season, he staged Puccini’s Turandot at Ekaterinburg National Opera house, as well as rediscovering Benjamin Godard’s Dante at Saint-Etienne opera house in coproduction with Palazzetto Bru Zane.
In the frame of the New Generation Festival in Florence, and despite the pandemic situation, he staged Rossini’s La Cenerentola in the Boboli Garden at the Palazzo Pitti.
His staged Mussorgski’s Boris Godounov at Monte-Carlo Opera, Sacha Guitry’s play Quadrille at Théâtre Marigny, on Champs Elysées avenue, Paris; Gianni Schicchi at Napa Valley Festival, conducted by Kent Nagano.
This coming year, he will stage Lancelot by Victorin de Joncières at Saint Etienne Opera in coproduction with Palazzetto Bru Zane, Gounod's Faust in Québec Opera House, and Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore in Napa.
Alongside his artistic career Jean-Romain Vesperini is passionate about bringing his experience to a cultural institution. He applied to be director at the Capitole de Toulouse and at Nice Opera. Both times he was part of the final short list of two candidates.
With his education and background, Vesperini is deeply connected to the music and particularly aware of what the score brings to dramaturgy. He is extremely grateful to have had the chance to work with great artists such as Sir Antonio Pappano, Tugan Sokhiev, Zubin Mehta, Myung-Whun Chung, Evan Rogister, Daniele Rustioni, Alain Altinoglu…
Jean-Romain Vesperini speaks french (mother-tongue) and english, german, italian and russian fluently.