Italian violinist and conductor Stefano Montanari makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season conducting Così fan tutte.
Montanari studied violin and piano in Florence and Lugano, and was principal violin in the Accademia Bizantina in Ravenna ensemble (1995–2012). He conducts regularly for La Fenice, Venice, with performances including Il barbiere di Siviglia, Die lustige Witwe, L’elisir d’amore, Dafne, Don Giovanni, L’inganno felice and L’Eritrea. He has also appeared for Opéra de Lyon (including La Cenerentola, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte, Carmen, Alceste, Le Comte Ory and Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Dutch National Opera (Il viaggio a Reims), Opera Vlaanderen (Agrippina and La clemenza di Tito), the Bolshoi (Così fan tutte), Arena di Verona (Don Giovanni), Rome Opera (Le nozze di Figaro and Il viaggio a Reims) and for many other companies in Italy and for the Maggio Musicale, Florence.
In concert, Montanari works regularly as a conductor of both modern and period orchestras (including the Baroque Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia), as a baroque violin virtuoso and as a conductor from the harpsichord and fortepiano. He teaches Baroque Violin at the International Academy of Music Claudio Abbado (Milan) and is Principal Director of the Jugendspodium Dresden-Venice project. He also collaborates with the jazz saxophonist, clarinettist and composer Gianluigi Trovesi. He has recorded Bach’s solo violin works for Amadeus Elite.