Michele Mariotti is the Musical Director of the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma since 2022.
Awarded the 36th Abbiati Prize as Best Orchestra Conductor, Michele is regularly invited by the main Italian and international theatres and festivals, including Milan’s La Scala, the Paris Opéra, the Wiener Staatsoper, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Salzburg Festival, the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, the Metropolitan in New York, the San Carlo in Naples, the Verdi Festival in Parma, the Amsterdam Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Los Angeles Opera, the Wexford Festival, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Teatro Real in Madrid.
Mariotti has conducted the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, the Orchestre National de France, the Münchner Symphoniker, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, the Gürzenich Orchester Köln, the Filarmonica della Scala, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, to name a few.
He regularly works with renowned stage directors like Mario Martone, David McVicar, Emma Dante, Davide Livermore, Damiano Michieletto, Robert Carsen, Simon Stone, Michael Mayer, Herbert Fritsch, Benedict Andrews, Tobias Kratzer, Johannes Erath.
From 2008 he was Principal Conductor, and then Musical Director until 2018, of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, where he has led numerous concerts and dozens of opera productions, including La Bohème directed by Graham Vick that won the Music Critics Award “Franco Abbiati” for best show in 2018. He has also conducted the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna on tours covering various Italian cities, Tokyo, Moscow, and Paris.
Some of his most recent engagements include his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper conducting Il Barbiere di Siviglia and the season opening of the Teatro San Carlo in Naples with Verdi’s Otello. In 2022 he also conducted Macbeth at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia and made his debut with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. He later went on to conduct the Gürzenich Orchester Köln at Cologne’s Philharmonie, the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and the Orchestra del Teatro Massimo in Palermo at a concert celebrating 25 years since the Theatre’s reopening. In July he made his debut at the Aix-en-Provence Festival with a new production of Moïse et Pharaon.
In the upcoming season – next to his engagements with the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma – Mariotti will be returning to La Scala, to the Wiener Staatsoper, and to the Paris Opéra, and he will lead an intense concert schedule in Europe and Japan.
Michele Mariotti has completed his humanistic studies and has obtained a diploma in Composition at the Rossini Conservatory in his hometown, Pesaro, where he also studied conducting under Manlio Benzi. At the same time, he obtained a diploma in Conducting at the Accademia Musicale Pescarese under Donato Renzetti.