Michele Mariotti Italian conductor born 1979

Michele Mariotti Italian conductor born 1979 Michele Mariotti - dirigent

Michele Mariotti Musical Director of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna since 2014, Michele Mariotti was born in Pesaro. Following his classical studies he obtained a degree in music composition at the Rossini Conservatoire in Pesaro under the guidance of Maestro Benzi and a degree in orchestra conducting at the Accademia Musicale Pescarese with full marks and honor under the guidance of Donato Renzetti.

Michele Mariotti Italian conductor born 1979

In September 2005 Michele Mariotti made is 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 in Bologna.

Following the success of such production he was nominated Principal Conductor of Bologna’s Orchestra del Teatro Comunale (from 2008 to 2014), 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, Verdi’s and Mozart’s Requiem and numerous concerts. He has led Bologna’s Chorus and Orchestra in Tokyo (I puritani and Carmen) and recently in Turin for the opening season concert of “Lingotto Musica”.

Michele Mariotti has conducted at La Scala in Milan, at Turin’s Teatro Regio, at Teatro San Carlo in Naples, at Teatro Massimo in Palermo, at Teatro Comunale in Florence, at Pesaro’s Rossini Opera Festival, at Verdi’s Festival in Parma, at the Sferisterio in Macerata, at New York’s Met, at London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden, at Paris Opéra, at Chicago’s Lyric Opera, at Los Angeles Opera, at Wexford’s Festival (Don Gregorio) and at Wallonie Opera, among others.

Michele Mariotti has conducted concerts with Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Orchestre National de France,  Münchner Symphoniker, Turin’s Rai National Symphony Orchestra, Parma’s Toscanini Orchestra, Milan’s I Pomeriggi Musicali, at Turin’s Auditorium del Lingotto, at the Perelada Festival, at Barcelona’s Liceu, at Madrid’s Teatro Real, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris and at the Radio France Festival in Montpellier.

Among Michele Mariotti recent and future engagements are: I due Foscari at Milan’s La Scala, Attila at Teatro Comunale di Bologna, La traviata at Paris Opéra, Les Huguenots at Berlin’s Deutsche Oper, concert debut with the Orchestra dell’Accademia del Teatro alla Scala and the Essener Philharmoniker, the return in Naples with the Orchestra of Teatro San Carlo, in Bozen with the Orchestra Haydn and with the Orchestre National de France at the Saint-Denis Festival.

With the Orchestra of Teatro Comunale di Bologna Michele Mariotti has recorded CDs with Juan Diego Florez under Decca and Nino Machaidze under Sony.

In English

Michele Mariotti, born in 1979 in Urbino, near Pesaro, is an Italian conductor, the direttore musicale since 2014 of Teatro Comunale di Bologna. A graduate in composition of Pesaro’s Conservatorio Rossini, where he also studied orchestral conducting, he made his professional opera debut with Il barbiere di Siviglia in Salerno on Oct. 12, 2005. As of April 2017, his repertory included nine Rossini and eight Verdi operas, an extraordinary achievement, as well as symphonies of Beethoven, Bruckner and Schubert, the Rossini Stabat mater, the Mozart Requiem and the Verdi Requiem.

Between 2006 and 2008, following the Rossini opera in Salerno, Michele Mariotti conducted opera in Firenze (Zaninelli’s Snow White in its Italian premiere); in Fano (Gianni Schicchi); at the Wexford Festival (Donizetti’s rare Don Gregorio);  in Bologna; at the Teatro Comunale di Ferrara (L’italiana in Algeri); at the Teatro Regio di Torino; in Lima (Rigoletto with Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez); at the Teatro Principal de Mahón on Menorca (I puritani); at the Teatro Municipale (Valli) in Reggio Emilia (Nabucco for the 2008 Festival Verdi); and in Liège. He also gave concerts with various orchestras in Italy and abroad during this launch period.


In Bologna

The success of a November 2007 filmed run of Simon Boccanegra at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, opening the season there, led to Mariotti’s appointment as the theater’s direttore principale, to start the next year, a title he would hold until his promotion in 2014. He replaced Daniele Gatti and effectively embarked upon a major career.

Productions in Bologna conducted by Mariotti in his capacities as direttore principale and then direttore musicale have been: I puritani  with Flórez and La gazza ladra in 2009; Idomeneo with Francesco Meli, Carmen and La traviata (2010); La Cenerentola with Laura Polverelli, Ferrero’s Risorgimento! and Dallapiccola’s Il prigioniero (2011); Le nozze di Figaro (2012); Norma with Mariella Devia and Nabucco (2013);

Così fan tutte and, Michael Spyres and Carlos Álvarez, Guillaume Tell in 2014; Die Zauberflöte, the conductor’s first German-language project, and, with Gregory Kunde, Un ballo in maschera (2015); Attila with Ildebrando d’Arcangelo, filmed by RAI TV, and Werther with Flórez (2016); and in 2017 La voix humaine with Anna Caterina Antonacci and Cavalleria rusticana.

Michele Mariotti duties in Bologna include regular subscription concerts with the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, in its home theater and at the Teatro Auditorium Manzoni, the base of Orchestra Mozart. Beethoven’s symphonies have featured prominently in these concerts.

In Pesaro

For thirty years, until early 2017, the opera company in Bologna anchored the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. Accordingly, Michele Mariotti participated in his home town’s most visible summer event. Among his projects for the ROF with the Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna were three filmed operas: a 2010 Sigismondo,  a 2012 Matilde di Shabran  and a 2013 Guillaume Tell,  the first two featuring his future wife, Olga Peretyatko, the latter two starring Flórez. He also conducted the Bologna forces in the Adriatic resort in Rossini’s Stabat mater.

In Munich

Michele Mariotti has developed a bond with the Münchner Symphoniker, guest-conducting the German ensemble in 2013, 2015  and 2017  in works by Schubert, Mendelssohn and Bruckner, among others. In the same city, in 2017, he debuted at Bavarian State Opera with Semiramide  starring Joyce DiDonato.

In the United States

Michele Mariotti made his U.S. debut on September 12, 2009, conducting Il barbiere di Siviglia at Washington National Opera.  Two months later he performed the same opera in a different production and with a different cast (including Flórez and DiDonato) at Los Angeles Opera.

In 2012 he led Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera and he has since returned to conduct four other productions with that company,  making DVDs of Rigoletto for Deutsche Grammophon  and La donna del lago for Erato.  He debuted with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra in Portland  the same year (2012) and performed Rossini at Lyric Opera of Chicago two years later.

In Japan

During the Bologna company’s September 2011 tour to Japan, Michele Mariotti led performances of Carmen, starring Nino Surguladze, and I puritani, with Desirée Rancatore, Celso Albelo, Luca Salsi and Nicola Ulivieri, at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, as well as events outside the capital.


Michele Mariotti conducted Don Pasquale at the Teatro Regio di Torino in 2009, Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan in 2010, and, for his first performances in Spain, in 2011, L’italiana in Algeri at Bilbao’s Palacio Euskalduna. Elsewhere in Europe, he has led opera at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, the Teatro Alighieri in Ravenna, the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, the Teatro Comunale in Florence, the Teatro Verdi in Busseto (Il trovatore in concert in 2011), and at the Sferisterio di Macerata. In 2013 he conducted La donna del lago at the Royal Opera House in London  and I puritani at the Opéra Bastille in Paris.

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

In the area of symphonic music, he has guest-conducted the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI in Turin, and the house orchestra of the Teatro Real in Madrid. He has also led concerts at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris and at the Festival de Radio France in Montpellier.

Recent projects

In 2016, Michele Mariotti added I due Foscari to his repertory, conducting it as a return engagement at the Teatro alla Scala.  Later the same year, he led his first performances of two French operas, both featuring Flórez: Les Huguenots at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin  and the above-mentioned Werther in Bologna

Metropolitan Opera

[Met Performance] CID:354553 
Carmen {973}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/28/2012
Debut: Michele Mariotti
[Met Performance] CID:354564
Carmen {974}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/02/2012
[Met Performance] CID:354571
Carmen {975}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/06/2012
[Met Performance] CID:354581
Carmen {976}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/11/2012
[Met Performance] CID:354590
Carmen {977}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/15/2012
[Met Performance] CID:354594
Carmen {978}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/18/2012
[Met Performance] CID:354827  
New Production
Rigoletto {842}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/28/2013
Debuts: Michael Mayer, Christine Jones, Susan Hilferty, Kevin Adams, Steven Hoggett, Robert Pomakov, Oksana Volkova
[Met Performance] CID:354834
Rigoletto {843}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/31/2013
[Met Performance] CID:354838
Rigoletto {844}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/04/2013
[Met Performance] CID:354846
Rigoletto {845}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/08/2013
[Met Performance] CID:354848 
Carmen {979}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/09/2013
Debuts: Nicolai Schukoff, Marco Nisticò
[Met Performance] CID:354853
Rigoletto {846}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/12/2013
[Met Performance] CID:354856
Carmen {980}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/13/2013
[Met Performance] CID:354860 
Rigoletto {847}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/16/2013
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:354859
Carmen {981}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/16/2013
Debut: Ekaterina Scherbachenko
[Met Performance] CID:354857
Rigoletto {848}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/19/2013
[Met Performance] CID:354865
Carmen {982}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/20/2013
[Met Performance] CID:354872
Carmen {983}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/23/2013
[Met Performance] CID:354873
Rigoletto {849}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/23/2013
[Met Performance] CID:354869
Carmen {984}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/26/2013
Debut: Andrew Richards
[Met Performance] CID:354883
Carmen {985}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/01/2013
[Met Performance] CID:355442
I Puritani {51}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/17/2014
Debuts: Olga Peretyatko-Mariotti, Maksim Aniskin
[Met Performance] CID:355447
I Puritani {52}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/22/2014
[Met Performance] CID:355460
I Puritani {53}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/26/2014
[Met Performance] CID:355466
I Puritani {54}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/29/2014
[Met Performance] CID:355469 
I Puritani {55}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/03/2014
[Met Performance] CID:355480
I Puritani {56}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/07/2014
[Met Performance] CID:355483
I Puritani {57}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/10/2014
[Met Performance] CID:355634
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {608}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/18/2014
Debut: Yunpeng Wang
[Met Performance] CID:355643
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {609}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/22/2014
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:355656
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {610}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/26/2014
[Met Performance] CID:355657
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {611}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/29/2014
[Met Performance] CID:355666
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {612}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/03/2014
[Met Performance] CID:355671
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {613}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/06/2014
[Met Performance] CID:355815
Metropolitan Opera Premiere
La Donna Del Lago {1}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/16/2015
Debuts: Paul Curran, Kevin Knight, Driscoll Otto, Gregory Schmidt
[Met Performance] CID:355826
La Donna Del Lago {2}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/20/2015
[Met Performance] CID:355837
La Donna Del Lago {3}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/25/2015
[Met Performance] CID:355841
La Donna Del Lago {4}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/28/2015
[Met Performance] CID:355851
La Donna Del Lago {5}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/03/2015
[Met Performance] CID:355856
La Donna Del Lago {6}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/07/2015
[Met Performance] CID:355865
La Donna Del Lago {7}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/10/2015
[Met Performance] CID:355872 
La Donna Del Lago {8}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/14/2015
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:356180
La Donna Del Lago {9}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/11/2015
[Met Performance] CID:356189
La Donna Del Lago {10}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/15/2015
[Met Performance] CID:356197 
La Donna Del Lago {11}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/19/2015
[Met Performance] CID:356204
La Donna Del Lago {12}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/22/2015
[Met Performance] CID:356210
La Donna Del Lago {13}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/26/2015

Personal life

Michele Mariotti married Russian soprano Olga Peretyatko in Pesaro in August 2012, just after a run of Rossini’s Matilde di Shabran, o sia Bellezza e Cuor di ferro (Beauty and Ironheart) in which they both participated. She was born in Leningrad in 1980. They live in the Pesaro area, as do Flórez and his wife. The four are close friends; the men were introduced by retired Peruvian tenor Ernesto Palacio, a mentor to Flórez, longtime Pesaro area resident, former artist manager for both the younger tenor and the conductor, and, as of 2018, superintendent of the Rossini Opera Festival.