Pier Giorgio Morandi
Pier Giorgio Morandi played for ten years as principal oboist in Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala in Milan. He studied composition at Conservatorio G. Verdi in Milan, and orchestra conducting at Salzburg Mozarteum with M° Ferdinand Leitner. During the years spent at La Scala, Morandi was assistant conductor of M° Riccardo Muti and later of M° Giuseppe Patanè, from whom he gained a lot of experience in refining the stylistic Italian repertoire and in learning all the secrets of the Italian operatic tradition. In 1987 he studied in Tanglewood, USA, with M° Leonard Bernstein and M° Seiji Ozawa. In the same year, Morandi won the »Tanglewood Competition«. In 1989 he became Deputy Principal Conductor at Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, where he conducted »Ernani«, »Madama Butterfly« and several symphonic concerts. In 1990 he recorded his first opera with Roma opera house, Paisiello’s »Don Chisciotte«. From 1991 and for the following five years, he was Principal Guest Conductor at Budapest National Opera House. Morandi has a wide Italian operatic repertoire and he has been working as regular guest conductor since 1990 in all the major opera houses in Italy, Europe and worldwide: Palermo, Trieste, Roma, Marseille, La Maestranza in Seville, Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, Osaka, National Opera Theatre in Seoul, Colon in Buenos Aires, Stockholm Royal Opera House, Theatre Royal de La Monnaie in Brussels, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Oper Frankfurt, Wiener Staatsoper, Macerata Opera Festival, Arena di Verona, Opernhaus Zürich, Goteborg, Teatro Regio di Parma, Napoli, Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, Bilbao, Maiorca, Las Palmas, Valencia, Copenhagen Royal Opera House, Seattle Opera, Royal Albert Hall in London. Recent seasons’ highlights include »La »fanciulla del West«, »Tosca« and »Un ballo in maschera« at Stockholm Royal Opera House, »Aida« in Oslo and in Qatar, »L’elisir d’amore«, »La Bohème« and »Don Carlo« in Dresden, Maria Stuarda« in Frankfurt, »Macbeth« at La Scala, »Attila« at the Palace of Arts in Budapest, »Rigoletto« in Naples, a symphonic concert at Musikverein in Graz. Most recently, »Don Carlo«, »Aida« and »Lucia di Lammermoor« at La Scala, »Otello in Copenhagen, »Madama Butterfly« in Oslo, »Manon Lescaut, »Rigoletto«, »Turandot«, »Madama Butterfly«, »La Bohème« and »La traviata« in Dresden, »La fanciulla del West« in Frankfurt, »Otello« and »L’elisir d’amore« at the China National Center of Performing arts in Bejing, »Manon Lescaut« at the New National Theatre in Tokyo, »Rigoletto« at Opéra Bastille, »Il barbiere di Siviglia« at the China National Center of Performing arts, »Aida« at Opera Australia. He was Principal Guest Conductor at Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra and at Royal Opera House in Stockholm.