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 and a degree in orchestra conducting at the Accademia Musicale Pescarese with full marks and honor under the guidance of Donato Renzetti.
In September 2005 he 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, Attila, Werther, La voix humaine/Cavalleria rusticana, Lucia di Lammermoor, Verdi’s and Mozart’s Requiem and numerous concerts. He has led Bologna’s Chorus and Orchestra in Tokyo (I puritani and Carmen), in Moscow and in Turin for the opening season concert of “Lingotto Musica”. With the Orchestra of Teatro Comunale di Bologna he has recorded CDs with Juan Diego Flórez under Decca and Nino Machaidze under Sony.
He 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.
He has conducted concerts with Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Orchestre National de France, Münchner Symphoniker, Essener Philharmoniker, Turin’s Rai National Symphony Orchestra, Parma’s Toscanini Orchestra, Milan’s I Pomeriggi Musicali, Orchestra dell'Accademia del Teatro alla Scala, 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.
From 2016 Mariotti has been protagonist, with success, of operas such as I due Foscari at Milan's La Scala, La traviata at Paris Opéra, Les Huguenots at Berlin's Deutsche Oper, Semiramide at Bavarian State Opera. He returned in Naples with the Orchestra of Teatro San Carlo, in Bozen with the Orchestra Haydn, in Münich with the Münchner Symphoniker and on the podium of the Orchestre National de France at the Saint-Denis Festival.
In the summer/fall 2017 he has conducted I due Foscari at the Salzburg Festival, La forza del destino at De Nationale Opera in Amsterdam and Lucia di Lammermoor at the Royal Opera House in London. In 2018 he will be leading La bohème, Don Carlo and Don Giovanni in Bologna, Orphée et Eurydice at La Scala in Milan, I Lombardi alla prima crociata at Turin's Teatro Regio and La donna del lago at Opéra de Wallonie in Liège.
He has recently awarded the 36th “Premio Abbiati” by the Associazione Critici Musicali Italiani as best conductor of 2016.