Michele Mariotti was born in Pesaro. Following his classical studies, he obtained a degree in music composition at the Rossini Conservatoire in Pesaro and a degree in orchestra conducting at the Accademia Musicale Pescarese with full marks and honor under the guidance of Donato Renzetti.
In September 2005 he made his operatic debut conducting Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia in Salerno, Italy. In November 2007 he has conducted Simon Boccanegra for the opening of the season 2007/2008 at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna. Following the success of such production, he was nominated Principal Conductor of Bologna’s Orchestra del Teatro Comunale (from 2008 to 2014) and after that Music Director of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna (from 2015 to 2018), where he has conducted numerous new operatic productions and concerts. He has led the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Comunale in Tokyo, in Moscow, in Paris and in Turin for the opening season concert of Lingotto Musica. With the Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale he has made recordings with Juan Diego Flórez under Decca, with Nino Machaidze under Sony and the album “Rossini Overtures” under Pentatone in 2018, marking the 150th anniversary of the composer’s death.
He has conducted at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, at the Teatro Regio in Turin, at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, at the Teatro Comunale in Florence, at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, at the Festival Verdi in Parma, at the Sferisterio in Macerata, at the Metropolitan in New York, at the Royal Opera House in London, at the Opéra de Paris, at the Lyric Opera in Chicago, at the Los Angeles Opera, at the Wexford’s Festival and at the Opéra Royale de Wallonie in Liege, at the Salzburg Festival, at De Nationale Opera in Amsterdam, at Teatro dell’ Opera di Roma, at the Bayerische Staatsoper, at the Liceu in Barcelona, Teatro Real in Madrid, Peralada festival, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, just to name a few.
He has been on the podium of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Orchestre national de France, Münchner Symphoniker, Essener Philharmoniker, Rai National Symphony Orchestra, Filarmonica Toscanini, I Pomeriggi Musicali, Orchestra dell’Accademia del Teatro alla Scala, Bamberg Symphoniker, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Danish National Symphony, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherland Radio Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava and Orquestra and Cor de la Comunitat Valenciana at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía.
He has been awarded the 36th Premio Abbiati by the Associazione Critici Musicali Italiani as Best Conductor of 2016.