Italian conductor and répétiteur Michele Gamba is a Jette Parker Associate Conductor with The Royal Opera. He was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme 2012–14 and was appointed to his current position at the start of the 2014/15 Season. He made his Royal Opera House conducting debut with Bastien und Bastienne in Meet the Young Artists Week 2012 and subsequently conducted Berio Folk Songs in Meet the Young Artists Week 2013, two lunchtime concerts with Southbank Sinfonia and excerpts from Eugene Onegin and Così fan tutte (Act I) in the JPYAP summer performances. He also acted as assistant conductor on La Fille du régiment and joined The Royal Opera's music staff for Siegfried, Götterdämmerung, La bohème, Eugene Onegin, Written on Skin, Simon Boccanegra, La rondine, Les Vêpres siciliennes, Parsifal, Carmen, La traviata, Tosca, Dialogues des Carmélites and Ariadne auf Naxos. In the 2014/15 Season he will join the music staff for Anna Nicole, I due Foscari, Tristan und Isolde, Andrea Chénier, Król Roger and Guillaume Tell (all of which are conducted by Antonio Pappano).
Gamba studied composition at the Milan Conservatory and philosophy at Milan University. After winning the Rudolf Serkin Prize, he went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music, where he specialized in chamber music and Lieder. He made his conducting debut at the Royal Festival Hall in 2009 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Future Firsts Orchestra and was then invited to work as assistant conductor and répétiteur at the Hamburg State Opera. He has performed in festivals and concerts throughout Europe, and won prizes in national and international competitions.
Active both in the symphonic and operatic repertory, Gamba has conducted orchestras including Nuova Cameristica Italiana, Divertimento Ensemble, Niederbayerische Philharmonie and Sofia Festival Orchestra.
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