Just in: Valencia replaces arrested Schmidt with Italian-American

Just in: Valencia replaces arrested Schmidt with Italian-American


norman lebrecht

January 23, 2015

The Palau de les Arts has a new artistic director.

He is Davide Livermore, who hails originally (according to his Facebook page) from Torino, Illinois. After a short singing career, he has worked internationally as an opera director. Since 2002 he has been head of the Teatro Baretti in Torino, Italy.

His is an internal promotion. Livermore is artistic director of the Centro de Perfeccionamiento Plácido Domingo at the Palau de les Arts.


He replaces Helga Schmidt, who was fired earlier this week after being arrested in a corruption investigation, which she strongly contests.


  • sdReader says:

    So she’s in jail and fired too. That was quick.

    This new guy directed a worthwhile Ciro in Babilonia at Pesaro in 2012:


  • Emma C. says:

    Mr Livermore hails from Torino, Italy.
    The Illinois thing is an inner joke, so no Italian-American there, just Italian – but you could’ve asked him that, instead of just nicking bits of info from Facebook…