Italian film and theatre director Gabriele Lavia makes his San Francisco Opera debut in the 2011–12 season directing productions of Don Giovanni and Attila. His opera credits include Luisa Miller in Naples; Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci in Verona; several productions at Milan’s La Scala, including Maria Stuarda, I Masnadieri, and I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata; and Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. Since 1970 he has had roles in nearly thirty films and television programs. He is probably best known in the United States for his appearances in several horror films, including Beyond the Door (1974), Dario Argento's Deep Red (1976), Inferno (1980), and Sleepless (2001), and Pupi Avati's Zeder (1983), in which he starred. Lavia was the artistic co-director of the Eliseo Theatre of Rome, artistic director of the Stable Theatre of Turin, and artistic director of the Festival of Taormina Art.