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.
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, 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”.
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, 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 his recent and future engagements are: I due Foscari at Milan's La Scala, Attila at Teatro Comunale di Bologna, La traviata at Paris Opéra, 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 in Paris.
With the Orchestra of Teatro Comunale di Bologna he has recorded CDs with Juan Diego Florez under Decca and Nino Machaidze under Sony.