Italian conductor Michele Mariotti made his Royal Opera debut in 2013 conducting La donna del lago, and returns in the 2017/18 Season to conduct Lucia di Lammermoor.
Mariotti was born in Pesaro and studied composition at the Rossini Conservatory and conducting at the Accademia Musicale Pescarese. He made his opera debut in 2005 conducting Il barbiere di Siviglia in Salerno. In 2014 he was made Musical Director of the Teatro Comunale, Bologna, where he his credits include Lucia di Lammermoor, Cavalleria rusticana, La Voix humaine, Werther, Attila, Die Zauberflöte, Un ballo in maschera, Nabucco and Norma. Engagements elsewhere include La donna del lago, Il barbiere di Siviglia, I puritani, Rigoletto and Carmen for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Matilde di Shabran, Guillaume Tell and La donna del lago for the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro, I due Foscari for La Scala, Milan, I puritani and La traviata for Paris Opéra, Les Huguenots for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Semiramide for Bavarian State Opera and I due Foscari for Salzburg Festival.
Mariotti has conducted orchestras including the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Munich Symphony Orchestra, RAI National Symphony Orchestra, Turin, and the Orchestra dell’Accademia del Teatro alla Scala. His discography includes albums with Juan Diego Flórez (Decca) and Nino Machaidze (Sony). His awards include Best Conductor at the 36th Premio Abbiati, awarded by the Associazione Critici Musicali Italiani.
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