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Director Giorgio Ferrara has passed away. He led the Festival de dueo mundi in Spoleto

Spoleto, May 18, 2023 – Director and Artistic Director died today in Rome at the age of 76 George Ferrara. Sources close to the family confirmed the news to ANSA. sick for a while, Ferrara was taken to the Roman Hospital.

Born in Rome on January 19, 1947, Older brother of journalist and writer Giuliano, starting out as an assistant to Luca Ronconi, then moving on to directing himself with works by Luigi Pirandello, August Strindberg, Carlo Goldoni, Enzo Siciliano, Franca Valeri, Natalia Ginzburg, Cesare Mustati and Corrado Ogias, starring such actors as Valeria Moriconi, Andrea Giordana, Franco Citti and Gato Barbieri, Paolo Bonacelli, Ilaria Occhini, and Ugo Pagliai. and actress Adriana Astiwho later became his wife in 1982, companion and muse for life.

For cinema, Ferrara also directed A Simple Heart, winning the Special Award in David di Donatello 1977 and the Silver Ribbon as Best New Director. but also operas with the Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra in Milan.

In recent years, his activity as an artistic director has intensified. From 2003 to 2007 he headed the Italian Cultural Institute in Paris and from 2007 to 2020 Spoleto Worlds Festival.

Last season, he agreed to be part of the cast of the show Witness for the Prosecution, based on the Agatha Christie play, and was later replaced by director Jeppe Gillis. In 2021 he was appointed Artistic Director of Stabile del Veneto, a role he resigned from last April.