Manlio Benzi, conductor, trained at the Arrigo Boito Academy in Parma, graduating with a degree in conducting and composition. From 1997 to 99 he was Associate Conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, and from 2000 to 2007 he was Artistic Director of the Notti Malatestiane festival in Rimini. He debuted with Madame Butterfly at the Bavarian State Opera and has since conducted at the Stuttgart State Opera, Paris Opera and Lincoln Center in New York, as well as the Semperoper in Dresden and the Hamburg State Opera, once again with Madame Butterfly. In addition, he conducted productions at La Fenice in Venice with Lucia di Lammermoor and Nino Rota’s Il Principe Porcaro, La Traviata for Fondazione Arturo Toscanini in Parma and Busseto, a number of operas at the Valle d’Itria festival, Don Carlo at the Macerata Opera Festival, Rigoletto and Tosca at Vienna’s Volksoper. Orchestras he has conducted include the Orchestre National de France, the Pomeriggi Musicali orchestra in Milan, Torino’s Teatro Regio orchestra, the Teatro Comunales orchestra in Bologna, the Orchestra Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Parma’s Toscanini Orchestra. Benzi recently conducted at the Holland Park Festival in London and highlights of the current season include La Bohème in Essen and concerts with the Munich Symphony Orchestra. Since 2009, Manlio Benzi has combined his conducting career with the position of Professor of Orchestral Conducting at the Rossini Academy of Music in Pesaro, Italy. He also composes chamber and theatre music and writes reviews and articles for music publisher Ricordi and for the Istituto di Studi Verdiani in Parma.