Giampaolo Bisanti, Music Director
Born in Milan, Giampaolo Bisanti studied conducting, clarinet, piano and composition at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of his hometown. He later trained with Yuri Ahronovitch at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena and with Donato Renzetti. Over the course of his career he has triumphed in several international competitions, such as the Dimitri Mitropoulos Competition in Athens in 1998 (chaired that year by Sir Neville Marriner), the Franco Capuana Competition in Spoleto and the Ferencsik János Competition in Budapest.
Even from his early appearances, he received invitations to conduct at the greatest theatres: in Bologna (Orphée et Eurydice with Roberto Alagna and also produced for DVD), Seoul, Strasbourg, Stockholm where he did his early directing work in 2013 with Tosca. Recent seasons have seen him conduct La Traviata in Florence, Palermo and Catania, Turandot in Seoul, Turin and Cagliari, La Bohème at the Zurich Opernhaus and at the Semperoper in Dresden, Rigoletto at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Madama Butterfly at La Fenice in Venice, Florence and Cagliari, Macbeth and Madama Butterfly at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Lucia di Lammermoor at the New National Theatre in Tokyo, Carmen at the Zurich Opernhaus and at the Semperoper in Dresden, Anna Bolena at the Teatro São Carlos in Lisbon, Aida at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, Rigoletto, La Traviata and Macbeth at the Wiener Staatsoper, La Bohème at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Norma at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, Rigoletto at the Macerata Festival, Turandot at the Auditorio in Tenerife, Tosca at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, Aida at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, …
Aside from the opera, he has conducted several concerts with the RAI Symphony Orchestra in Turin, the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and even the Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan.
During last seasons he drew the international audience attention as one of the most remarkable and recognized conductors of his generation. The 2020-2021 season, in particular, is marked by important international debuts: at the Opéra National de Paris (Opéra Bastille) with L’Elisir d’amore, at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo with Madama Butterfly, at the Staatsoper in Hamburg with a new production of Lucia di Lammermoor and at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan with Adriana Lecouvreur.
Upcoming engagements include the season opening of Seattle Opera with L’Elisir d’amore, a new production of Il Trittico at the Hamburg Staatsoper, Macbeth at the Wiener Staatsoper, La Gioconda at the Arena Opera Festival in Verona and the Slovenian National Theatre in Maribor, Werther and Verdi’s Messa da Requiem at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, Anna Bolena at the ABAO in Bilbao, Tosca at the Chicago Opera House and Aida at the Sydney Opera House.
Giampaolo Bisanti is the Music Director of the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari from 2016 to 2022. At the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège, he conducted Rigoletto (2017), Anna Bolena (2019), and several concerts. This season, he will be conducting Alzira and La Sonnambula, alongside several prestigious concerts.