MARCELLO VIOTTI

Italian conductor Marcello Viotti, born in the French speaking part of Switzerland, studied piano, singing and cello at the conservatory in Lausanne and made his debut in Geneva as the conductor of a wind instrument group that he had founde

In 1982 he won the first prize at the Gino Marinuzzi competition in Italy, an honour which lead to engagements in the most important Italian cities and thus initiated a successful career: For four years, he was chief conductor at the opera in Torino, artistic director of the Stadttheater Luzern, general musical director of the City of Bremen and chief conductor of the Rundfunk-Symphonieorchester Saarbrücken.

From 1996 to 1999 he was one of the three chief conductors of the MDR Symphonieorchester Leipzig.

In 1998 he took on the position of chief conductor of the Münchner Rundfunkorchester where he distinguished himself as one of the most fascinating music personalities of our time, not only through his passionate, meticulous musical skills, but also through his differentiated programme selection.

Since the season of 1999-2000, he has been hugely successful with a concert cycle under the name of “Paradisi Gloria” where audiences are presented with spiritual music of the 20th century.

For quite some years, the maestro has been a regular figure at the most important European opera houses, such as the STATE OPERAS in HAMBURG, MUNICH and VIENNA, the DEUTSCHE OPER BERLIN, the OPERNHAUS ZÜRICH, the THEATRE ROYAL DE LA MONNAIE BRUXELLES, the OPERA BASTILLE in PARIS, the TEATRO ALLA SCALA MILANO, and - in the United States of America - the SAN FRANCISCO OPERA and the METROPOLITAN OPERA NEW YORK, furthermore at various prestigious festivals, such as SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN, BREGENZ and SALZBURG.

Marcello Viotti also gave guest performances with the ORCHESTRE DE LA SUISSE ROMANDE, TONHALLE-ORCHESTER ZÜRICH, ENGLISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, GOTEBORG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, OSLO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA and the BERLINER, MÜNCHNER and WIENER PHILHARMONIKER with whom he made his debut in 1997 at the Salzburger Mozartwoche. He has furthermore worked on a regular basis with the BAMBERGER SYMPHONIKER, the SYMPHONIEORCHESTER DES HESSISCHEN RUNDFUNKS FRANKFURT and the WIENER SYMPHONIKER as well as with the important orchestras of AUSTRALIA and JAPAN.

Another highlight of his career has been – since January 2002 - the position of "Direttore musicale" at the GRAN TEATRO LA FENICE in VENICE where he enjoyed international acclaim for his first new production, Massenet`s “Thais”, as well as for “La Traviata” and a large number of concerts.

Other important events of the 2001-2002 season were Bizet`s Carmen in SAN FRANCISCO, a recording for EMI of Ponchielli`s “La Gioconda” (with, among others, Plácido Domingo) and Rossini`s “La donna del lago” in concert version at the SALZBURG FESTIVAL.

In 2002-2003 Marcello Viotti conducted – among many others - a NEW PRODUCTION of Donizetti`s “Maria Stuarda” in ZÜRICH, Puccini`s “La Bohème” and Verdi`s “La Traviata” at the METROPOLITAN OPERA NEW YORK, a NEW PRODUCTION of Richard Strauss` “Ariadne auf Naxos” in VENICE as well as numerous concerts in BERLIN, MÜNCHEN and at the FESTIVALS of BREGENZ and SALZBURG.

Marcello Viotti`s busy calendar in the season 2003-2004 includes NEW PRODUCTIONS of Halévy`s “La Juive” at the METROPOLITAN OPERA NEW YORK, Verdi`s *Attila” and Bizet`s “Les pêcheurs de perles” in VENICE, Gounod`s “Roméo et Juliette” at the BAYERISCHE STAATSOPER MÜNCHEN as well as a major tour in the Far East with the VIENNA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA.

Future highlights will be – among many others – NEW PRODUCTIONS of Richard Wagner`s “Parsifal” in VENICE in the spring of 2005 and Verdi`s “La Traviata” at the SALZBURG FESTIVAL 2005

The extraordinary career of Marcello Viotti is documented by a large range of CD recordings of popular and rare operas, concerts and solo recitals with international orchestras and star soloists for ERATO and NIGHTINGALE. Apart from these labels, he has also made recordings for DGG, CLAVES, KOCH/SCHWANN, BMG and EMI.

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