MICHELE MARIOTTI (musical director) studied orchestra conducting at the Conservatorio Rossini in Pesaro. In 2005, the Italian conductor made his opera debut with Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, in Salerno. His conducting of Simon Boccanegra with the Teatro Comunale di Bologna in 2007 was such a success that he was immediately appointed a regular conductor with the theatre, becoming principal conductor in 2014. Mariotti has conducted with major opera houses and festivals, including ROH Covent Garden, The Met New York, Teatro alla Scala, Opéra national de Paris and the Rossini Opera Festival Pesaro. Recently, he has conducted Les Huguenots (Deutsche Oper Berlin), Werther (Teatro Comunale di Bologna), Semiramide (Bayerische Staatsoper) and I due Foscari (Teatro alla Scala and Salzburger Festspiele). Future productions include: Lucia di Lammermoor (ROH Covent Garden), La bohème (Teatro Comunale di Bologna), La donna del lago (Opéra Royal de Wallonie) and L’italiana in Algeri (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées).