Silvia Paoli was born in Florence. She attended the faculty of Modern Literature and she graduated in Acting at Dramatic Art Academy Paolo Grassi in Milan accomplishing her education with different professionals: Bruno De Franceschi (singing teacher), Maria Consagra (Laban method), Raffaella Giordano, Anton Milienin, Danio Manfredini, Odin Theatre and others.
She started her acting career with Peter Stein, and later collaborated in Italian and international drama plays with directors such as Paolo Rossi, Damiano Michieletto, Michael Schmidt, Igor Konyaev, Rem&Cap. She collaborated in musical productions with the renowned artists Giora Feidman and the Micrologus.
In 2007 Silvia wrote and acted in Livia, a very successful play which still today receives excellent audience and critical reviews.
A new comic monologue, Bucce, came in 2013. In her works live musical accompaniment is a constant, performed by Francesco Canavese, with whom she created the artistic project Mu.Te; including the musical participation of Emiliano Nigi and the acting collaboration with Andrea Macaluso.
In 2013 she received the Sorelle Grammatica award, as new talent, and the nominee for Premio Ubu as best comic actress.
She entered the opera environment as assistant director of Damiano Michieletto and collaborated with him in many productions: Gazza ladra, Trittico and Scala di seta among others. Further, she worked with directors such as Alessandro Talevi, Paolo Rossi and Jose Carlos Plaza and colaborated with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Barbiere di Siviglia, Serva padrona and Pollicino.
Her debut as opera director was staging Cenerentola at Opera de Tenerife which gained a great success and in the following season she has been invited to direct a second production: Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro.
In 2016 Silvia Paoli directed the 20th edition of OperaDomani, an educational opera project made by As.Li.co, with a new staging of Puccini's Turandot.