Currently the Music Director at the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw, Italian conductor Carlo Montanaro was discovered by Zubin Mehta who recommended him to the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, where he honed his skills under Leopold Hager, Erwin Acél and Yugi Yuasa for three years.
Since 2001, Montanaro has conducted opera and concerts at major venues including the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, the Arena di Verona, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Teatro Comunale in Florence, the Fondazione Arturo Toscanini in Parma and the Teatro Verdi in Trieste (a collaboration which led to a tour of Japan). Operas he has conducted include 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 the Teatro Comunale in Florence, as well as various symphony concerts with the Fondazione Arena di Verona, the Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, the Teatro Cilea in Reggio Calabria and the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. He conducted Il trovatore and Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Staatsoper in Stuttgart, as well as Il barbiere di Siviglia with the 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, Dialogues des carmélites 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 the Festival Verdi in Parma and made his debut at the Herkulessaal in Munich in a concert with the Weimar Staatskapelle and Erwin Schrott.
2009 opened with Madama Butterfly at the New National Theatre in Tokyo, followed by his return to the Opera Colorado in Denver for Così fan tutte and a highly praised new production of Simon Boccanegra at the Megaron in Athens, to which he received a repeat invitation 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 the Musikverein in Graz, Roméo et Juliette in Verona, La traviata in Munich and Aida in Hamburg with rave reviews from the public and critics alike.
In 2011 he debuted with Carmen at the Semperoper in Dresden to great acclaim, and he was invited back to conduct Il barbiere di Siviglia and a new production of Un ballo in maschera.
Other highlights include Don Quichotte and Attila at the Seattle Opera, a new production of Turandot in Warsaw, Lucia di Lammermoor in Bilbao, Aida, Manon Lescaut, Turandot and Macbeth in Hamburg, La Bohème at the Teatro Comunale in Florence, L’amico Fritz and a new production of Adriana Lecouvreur in Frankfurt and La traviata in Warsaw and Cincinnati.
In September 2012 he returned to the Musikverein in Graz to conduct a concert version of Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco, and since then he has conducted Falstaff in Hamburg, Tosca and L’elisir d’amore in Munich, Il barbiere di Siviglia in Tokyo, Don Carlo, Verdi’s Requiem and Puccini’s Turandot in Warsaw, La Bohème in Seattle, Don Carlo in Frankfurt, Il corsaro in Budapest and Norma at the festival in Peralada. Most recently he has conducted 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 and L’elisir d’amore in Munich, concerts with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome.
Future engagements include Tosca and Il trovatore at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, Tosca and La traviata in Munich, a new production of La fanciulla del West in Hamburg, Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Opéra Bastille in Paris, Simon Boccanegra in Frankfurt and La traviata in Dallas.