Music Director at Teatr Wielki in Warsaw from 2011 to 2014, Italian conductor Carlo Montanaro was discovered by Zubin Mehta, who recommanded him to the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, where he improved his skills under Leopold Hager, Erwin Acél and Yugi Yuasa for three years.
Since 2001, Montanaro has conducted opera and concerts in major venues including Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Fondazione Arena in Verona, Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Teatro Comunale in Florence, Fondazione Arturo Toscanini in Parma and Teatro Verdi in Trieste (a collaboration which led to a Japanese tour with the Orchestra). Titles included Lucia di Lammermoor, Nabucco, Aida, Tosca, La Sonnambula, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Madama Butterfly
and La Bohème
He conducted two works in the 2004-2005 season at Teatro Comunale in Florence, as well as various symphonic concerts with Fondazione Arena Verona, Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, Teatro Cilea in Reggio Calabria and Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. He conducted Il Trovatore
and Il Barbiere di Siviglia
at the State Opera of Stuttgart, as well as Il Barbiere di Siviglia
with Fondazione Arturo Toscanini.
Highlights between 2006 and 2008 include a great public and critical success conducting Un Ballo in Maschera
with the Israeli Opera of Tel Aviv (new production), his American debut in Colorado with Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, I Dialoghi delle Carmelitane
in Bilbao to great critical acclaim, and Madama Butterfly
at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
In 2008 he made his debut at La Scala with La Traviata,
and he opened the Macerata Summer Festival with Carmen
directed by Dante Ferretti. He conducted Il Corsaro
at Festival Verdi in Parma and made his debut at Hercules Halle in Munich in a concert with the Weimar Staatskapelle and Erwin Schrott.
His 2009 opened with Madama Butterfly
at the New National Theatre in Tokyo, followed by his return to Opera Colorado in Denver for Così fan tutte
and a highly praised new production of Simone Boccanegra
at Megaron in Athens, where he was then invited again to conduct Aida.
He opened the 2009/10 Season at Canadian Opera conducting a new production of Madama Butterfly
, and he conducted Mefistofele
in Frankfurt, Verdi’s Requiem
at Musikverein in Graz, Roméo et Juliette
in Verona, La Traviata
in Munich and Aida
in Hamburg with great reviews from public and critics.
In 2011 he debuted with Carmen
at Semperoper Dresden to great success, and he was reinvited to conduct Il Barbiere di Siviglia
and a new production of Un Ballo in Maschera
Further highlights: Don Quichotte
at Seattle Opera, a new production of Turandot
in Warsaw, Lucia di Lammermoor
in Bilbao, Aida
, Manon Lescaut
in Hamburg, La Bohème
at Teatro Comunale di Firenze, L’Amico Fritz
and a new production of Adriana Lecouvreur
in Frankfurt, La Traviata
in Warsaw and in Cincinnati.
In September 2012 he returned to Musikverein in Graz to conduct a concert version of Verdi’s Giovanna D’Arco
, and since then he conducted Falstaff
in Hamburg, Tosca
and L’Elisir d’Amore
in Munich, Il Barbiere di Siviglia
in Tokyo, Don Carlo
, Verdi’s Requiem
in Warsaw, La Bohème
in Seattle, Don Carlo
in Frankfurt, Il Corsaro
in Budapest, Norma
at the Festival in Peralada. In season 2013/14, Madama Butterfly
in Nagoya and Hamburg, La Traviata
in Oviedo, La Bohème
in Budapest, The Consul
in Seattle, a concert version of Attila
in Warsaw, Carmen
, L’Elisir d’Amore
in Munich, Tosca
and Il Trovatore
at the Mariinsky in St. Petersburg, as well as concerts with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra del Santa Cecilia in Rome.
In season 14/15 he successfully debuted at Opéra Bastille in Paris with Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
After that, he was on the podiums of the Hungarian National Philharmonic (Verdi’s Requiem
) and Seattle Symphony for a series of concerts. He then conducted a new production of La Fanciulla del West
in Hamburg, Rigoletto
and La Traviata
in Warsaw, Mefistofele
in Budapest, Simon Boccanegra
in Frankfurt, Rossini’s Stabat Mater
in Budapest and Pécs, Nabucco
Highlights in season 2015/16 included the debut at Opéra de Monte Carlo with Tosca
, followed by Rigoletto
at Warsaw Opera, the debut at Sydney Opera House with La bohème
and Maria Stuarda
in Seattle. In concert, he conducted the Cincinnati Symphony and the Hungarian National Philharmonic. Moreover, he made his debut at San Francisco Opera conducting Carmen
He opened his 16/17 season with the debut at the Korea National Opera in Seoul with Tosca,
followed by a series of concerts with the Vancouver Symphony. Most recently, he returned to Sydney and San Francisco for La bohème
. Moreover, he conducted a new production of Rigoletto
in Frankfurt, Madama Butterfly
in Seattle and a symphonic concert with the Hungarian National Philharmonic.
Most recently, he was on the podium of Dallas Opera for La Traviata
and in Seoul for La Bohème
Future engagements include La Traviata
in Berlin and Melbourne, Lucia di Lammermoor
in Sydney, Rigoletto
in Montréal, concerts with the Hungarian National Philharmonic.