Music Director of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna (from 2015 to 2018) 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 honour 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 di Bologna. Following the success of that production, in 2008 he was nominated Principal Conductor of Bologna’s Orchestra del Teatro Comunale (until 2014, before becoming Music Director), where he has to date 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, Verdi’s and Mozart’s Requiem, Rossini’s Stabat Mater and numerous concerts. He has led Bologna’s Chorus and Orchestra in Tokyo (I puritani and Carmen), in Moscow, in Paris (L’Italiana in Algeri) and in Italy in Pesaro (Rossini Opera Festival), Turin (Lingotto Musica) and Bergamo (Fondazione Donizetti). With the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna he has recorded albums with Juan Diego Flórez and Nino Machaidze.
He has conducted at La Scala in Milan, Turin’s Teatro Regio, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Teatro Comunale in Florence, Pesaro’s Rossini Opera Festival, Verdi’s Festival in Parma, Sferisterio - Macerata Opera Festival, Salzburg Festival, New York’s Met, London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Paris Opéra, De Nationale Opera in Amsterdam, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Berlin’s Deutsche Oper, Chicago’s Lyric Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Wexford’s Festival and Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège, among others.
He has conducted concerts with Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Orchestre National de France, Münchner Symphoniker, Essener Philharmoniker, Turin’s Rai National Symphony Orchestra, Parma’s Toscanini Orchestra, Milan’s I Pomeriggi Musicali, Orchestra dell’Accademia del Teatro alla Scala, at Turin’s Auditorium del Lingotto, at Peralada Festival, at Barcelona’s Liceu, at Madrid’s Teatro Real, at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, at Ópera de Tenerife, at Festival de Saint-Denis and at Radio France Festival in Montpellier, to mention a few.
He has been awarded the 36th “Premio Abbiati” by the Associazione Critici Musicali Italiani as best conductor of 2016.