Starting from the 2022/2023 Season, Michele Mariotti will be the Music Director of the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma.
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 I puritani, La gazza ladra, Idomeneo, Carmen, Risorgimento and Il prigioniero, La cenerentola, La traviata, Le nozze di Figaro, Norma, Nabucco, Così fan tutte, Guillaume Tell, Un ballo in maschera, Die Zauberflöte, Attila, Werther, La voix humaine/Cavalleria rusticana, Lucia di Lammermoor, La bohème, Don Carlo, Don Giovanni, Verdi’s and Mozart’s Requiem and numerous concerts. He has led the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Comunale in Tokyo (I puritani and Carmen), in Moscow, in Paris (L’Italiana in Algeri) 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 Liegi, among others.
He has conducted concerts with 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, at the Auditorium del Lingotto in Turin, at the Peralada Festival, at the Liceu in Barcelona, at the Teatro Real in Madrid, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, at the Radio France Festival in Montpellier and at the Festival de Saint-Denis.
From 2016 Mariotti has been protagonist, with success, of operas such as I due Foscari at La Scala, La traviata at the Opéra de Paris, Les Huguenots at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Semiramide at the Bavarian State Opera. He returned in Naples with the Orchestra of Teatro San Carlo, in Bozen with the Orchestra Haydn, in Münich with the Münchner Symphoniker and on the podium of the Orchestre National de France at the Saint-Denis Festival.
In the summer/fall 2017 he has conducted I due Foscari at the Salzburg Festival, La forza del destino at De Nationale Opera in Amsterdam for the opening of the season, and Lucia di Lammermoor at the Royal Opera House in London. His 2018 engagements include Orphée et Euridice at La Scala, I Lombardi alla prima crociata at the Teatro Regio in Turin, La donna del lago in Liège, Les Huguenots in Paris, concerts in Italy with the Orchestra Haydn, in Copenhagen with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, in Bamberg with the Bamberger Symphoniker, a tour in the UK with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2019 he conducted Don Pasquale and La traviata in Paris, I masnadieri in Milan, Semiramide in Pesaro, and he debuted on the podium of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Filarmonica della Scala. He debuted at the Opera di Roma with Idomeneo, Re di Creta and at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam on the podium of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra; he was also at the head of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai.
Among his recent engagements: I masnadieri at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Semiramide (concert version) at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Radio Choir, concert with the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava and Orquestra and Cor de la Comunitat Valenciana at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, with Bologna's Orchestra del Teatro Comunale, the Orchestra Rai, and the Orchestra Haydn. Moreover, he conducted for the first time three Verdi's operas: Aida with the San Carlo di Napoli at Piazza del Plebiscito, Ernani at the Festival Verdi in Parma on the podium of the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, both performed in concert version, and a new production of Falstaff at the Bayerische Staatsoper.
In December 2020 he conducted concerts with the Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma and with the Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala for the Christmas concert (broadcasted on Rai1). In February 2021 he returned to the Paris Opéra to conduct a new production of Aida and afterwards he conducted Luisa Miller (concert version) and a symphonic concert at the Opera di Roma, and concerts on the podium of the Filarmonica Toscanini in Parma and Orchestra Rai in Turin, followed by the return on the podium of the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna. In September 2021 he will debut at the Wiener Staatsoper with Il barbiere di Siviglia and in November he will open the Season of the Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli conducting for the first time Verdi's Otello.
He was awarded the 36th “Premio Abbiati” by the Associazione Critici Musicali Italiani as Best Conductor of 2016.