Michele Spotti

My goal is to always have the same joy in my work as the first time I picked up the wand. My dream would be to be able to conduct in important theatres and always experience goosebumps that make me feel alive while doing my job.


by Cristina Fieraru
October 9, 2023
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This conversation is about Michele Spotti, one of the most sought-after conductors of nowadays, on stage and behind the curtains. It is about the challenges he often deals with and also about how he manages to see the light in every situation. Michele talks about his work now with Il viaggio a Reims at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, about his career breakthrough moment, hobbies, and future plans. Cristina Fieraru initiated such an interesting conversation & we invite you to keep reading and find out as much as you can about Michele’s life!


Michele Spotti is Musical Director of Marseille’s Opera House and Philharmonic Orchestra. His most recent engagements include debuts at the Wiener Staatsoper where he conducted La fille du régiment directed by Laurent Pelly, at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia with Ernani, at the Staatsoper Stuttgart with the new production of Elisir d’amore signed by Anika Rutkofsky, in Dresden with La bohème, in Tokyo with the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra and Juan Diego Flórez; the new productions of Don Carlos and Rigoletto at Theater Basel directed by Vincent Huguet, Guillaume Tell which opened the Marseille Opera Season 2021/2022, and La fille du régiment at the Festival Donizetti Opera 2021. He also conducted La Cenerentola at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Monaco, in the historic production by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle; Offenbach’s La belle Hélène by Barrie Kosky at the Komische Oper in Berlin; the final concert of ROF 2021 with the Rai National Symphony Orchestra and Juan Diego Flórez; La Traviata in Palermo with Pretty Yende in the title role; L’elisir d’amore at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari. He has led several new productions, including Offenbach’s Barbe-bleue staged by Laurent Pelly at the Opéra de Lyon (in July 2021 Opus Arte released the DVD, that obtained the Diapason D’or); Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segretowith Pier Luigi Pizzi’s staging, Beatrice di Tenda at the Festival della Valle d’Itria, and, again in Martina Franca, Richard Strauss’ Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme that opened the 2020 edition of the Festival; ll signor Bruschino and Il Viaggio a Reims at the Rossini Opera Festival; Adina and the world premiere of La Cucina by Andrew Synnott at the Wexford Opera Festival, both directed by Rosetta Cucchi; Don Pasquale in Montpellier; and Così Fan Tutte at Hannover’s Staatsoper. Musical Director of the Orchestra Filarmonica di Benevento, Michele Spotti also enjoys a busy concert schedule. He has led, among others, the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Accademia Teatro alla Scala, which marked his debut at the Teatro alla Scala in 2021, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National d’Ile-de-France, Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, Orchestra del Teatro Massimo di Palermo and Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Torino. Among his next engagements: the opening of the 49th Valle d’Itria Festival with Il Turco in Italia, which he will also conduct at the Lausanne Opera; Le nozze di Figaro in Marseille; debuts at the Paris Opera with Turandot, at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin with Il viaggio a Reims, at the Rome Opera with Die Zauberflute and at the San Carlo in Naples with Simon Boccanegra; as well as numerous symphony concerts in Europe and Asia. After graduating as a violin player he went on to graduate as a conductor under Daniele Agiman at the “Giuseppe Verdi” conservatory in Milan. He then continued his studies at the Haute École de Musique in Geneva, at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival Academy under Neeme Järvi and Gennady Rozhdestvensky, and in Italy under Gianandrea Noseda, Gianluigi Gelmetti, and Daniele Gatti. Spotti made his debut conducting Le Nozze di Figaro at the Teatro Mancinelli in Orvieto and in 2016 Alberto Zedda chose him as his assistant for the production of Rossini’s Ermione at the Opéra de Lyon.

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