Born into a family with a long operatic history (his father, Claudio, was the artistic director of many Italian theatres; Franco Pugliese, his grandfather, was a well-known bass) Lev Pugliese’s appreciation for opera developed at a very young age. 

His artistic formation starts with the study of the piano, interrupted only when he moved to Johannesburg, South Africa, to finish his high school studies and to improve his knowledge of the English language.
After graduating at the Greenside High school of Johannesburg, he returns to Italy and enrolls at the faculty of psychology at the Sapienza University of Rome. During his university studies, he started to accrue an interest in the purely creative labour which precedes the implementation of a show, alongside with its subsequent staging, he thus starts following the works of many directors starting as an assistant to director Maurizio Scaparro in the production of Così fan tutte by W. A. Mozart at the Politeama Greco Opera House, the historical theatre of Lecce. This first important experience is followed by numerous other commitments in the theatre that led him to devote himself entirely to his artistic activities, debuting as director of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro for the theatre Ventidio Basso in Ascoli Piceno, Italy and in tour in Seoul and Daegu, South Korea.


Following his debut, he continued to grow as a director and consolidate his artistic career that led him to work in numerous theaters in Italy, various European countries such as the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, the Macedonian Republic, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, as well as in Asia in South Korea and Thailand and most recently also in the United States, China and Peru.

Among his most recent and relevant work, in fact, he has directed Puccini’s Tosca on the occasion of the revival of New York City Opera and was subsequently asked to also direct the same year the inauguration of New York City Opera first re-opening season with the double bill Aleko by Rachmaninoff and Pagliacci by Leoncavallo.
Recent engagements include also his debut in China directing Turandot by Puccini at the Tianjin Grand Theatre and Harbin Opera House with the sumptuous setting from the Carlo Felice Opera House of Genova.  He has recently also debuted in the direction of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut in a new production of the historical opera houses Goldoni of Livorno, Verdi of Pisa and Sociale of Rovigo.
Ultimately last year he directed for the first time in Peru overseeing the direction, scenery and costumes of a new production of Tosca by Puccini for the Gran Teatro Nacional in Lima on the occasion of the Alejandro Granda Festival, directed by M ° Ernesto Palacio which confirmed him for a new production of Il barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini, staged in May 2019. Significant successes also in La bohème by Puccini at the Roman Amphitheater in Arezzo, produced by the Puccini Festival, a spectacular edition of Il barbiere di Siviglia for the 150th anniversary of Rossini's death and 20° of the Pafos Aphrodite's Festival Cyprus as well as the debut in the direction of Carmen by Bizet last July within the spectacular setting of the Fantiano quarries in Italy.





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