Renato Garavaglia

Renato Garavaglia, Director of the La Scala Theatre Museum.Renato Garavaglia was born in Inveruno (Milan) and undertook classical studies in Milan at the Manzoni Lyceum. From 1973 to 1984, he worked as a journalist for the Unità newspaper in Milan and served as editor responsible for national and local musical events. In November, 1984, he was hired by the La Scala Theatre as editor-in-chief and also worked as the head of their press agency until 1993. From September 1993, he was the Head of Publications responsible for reviewing all books issued by La Scala including all programs for the performances and cultural events organized by the Theatre. Garavaglia is responsible for organizing all exhibits at the Theatre including ones on the history and performers. He curated an important exhibit on Maria Callas in 1997, 20 years after her death. Between 2004 and 2013, he was the curator of 10 exhibits, among which some of the most important were those on Callas, Herbert von Karajan, Mozart and one that celebrated the 100th anniversary of the La Scala Theatre. In March 2004, he was appointed Director of the La Scala Theatre Museum. In May 2006, Garavaglia was one of the international judges of the 7th Competition - “Bidu Sayao” - in Bélem, Brazil.

Garavaglia is the author of numerous historic and musicological articles for encyclopedias of music, recording and musicological magazines, and for exhibition catalogues. He has edited books on artists such as Massimo Mila at La Scala, Herbert von Karajan, two books dedicated to Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Riccardo Muti, Giorgio Strehler, Victor de Sabata, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Giulietta Simionato, Maria Callas, Renata Tebaldi and Rudolf Nureyev. On the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Theatre, he edited the book Giuseppe Verdi and the Scala. The La Scala Museum.

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