Michele Mariotti has been the Musical Director of Bologna’s Teatro Comunale since 2014. Born in Pesaro he studied composition in his home town at the Rossini Conservatory with Manlio Benzi and then orchestral conducting at the Accademia Musicale Pescarese with Donato Renzetti. In 2005, he made his opera debut conducting Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Teatro Verdi in Salerno. In 2007, he opened the season of the Teatro Comunale in Bologna with Simon Boccanegra. He was then appointed chief conductor of the Teatro Comunale (2008 - 2014) where he led the orchestra in performances of I Puritani, La gazza ladra, Idomeneo, Carmen, Risorgimento, 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, Don Carlo, La Bohème, and Mozart’s Requiem. He has made guest appearances at many of the great international opera houses (Milan, Turin, Naples, Palermo, Florence, Pesaro, Parma, Macerata, the New York Metropolitan Opera, London’s Royal Opera House, the Lyric Opera in Chicago, the Los Angeles Opera, the Royal Opera of Wallonia…).
He has conducted many of the great symphonic ensembles in concert (the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, the Orchestre national de France, the Münchner Symphoniker, the RAI Orchestra in Turin, the Toscanini Orchestra in Parma, and the I Pomerigi Musicali of Milan), at the Peralada Festival, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Festival Occitanie / Radio France Montpellier, and the Festival de Saint-Denis. He recorded an album on the Decca label with the Orchestra of Bologna’s Teatro Comunale and Juan Diego Florez and another on the Sony label with Nino Machaidze. He has conducted I Puritani, La Traviata and Les Huguenots at the Paris Opera, Donizetti’s Don Gregorio at the Wexford Festival, I due Foscari at Milan’s La Scala and the Salzburg Festival, Les Huguenots at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Semiramide at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, La Forza del destino at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, Lucia di Lammermoor at the Royal Opera House in London, Orphée et Eurydice at Milan’s La Scala, I Lombardi alla prima crociata at the Teatro Regio in Turin, La Donna del lago at the Royal Opera of Wallonia-Liege, L’Italiana in Algeri at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and Don Giovanni in Bologna.
I Masnadieri at Milan’s La Scala, Semiramide at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, Idomeneo at the Rome Opera, and La Traviata at the Paris Opera.