Maurizio Arena 
Born in Messina, Maurizio Arena studied orchestra conducting with Franco Ferrara.

Following important experiences alongside Maestros Serafin, Votto, Gavazzeni, he began working at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo in 1963, and conducted La Bohème. From then until 1971, his name was associated with significant premières on the podium in the Sicilian theatres, among which: Wozzeck by Berg, Il Gattopardo by Musco, Ifigenia by Pizzetti, Carmina burana by Orff, Il Mulatto by Meyerowitz, Billy Budd by Ghedini and numerous other symphonic scores and ballets in their first ever performances.

He has been a guest at the principal theatres and symphonic institutions in Italy since 1971 (Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Maggio Musical Fiorentino in Florence, Teatro Regio in Turin, Teatro dell'opera in Rome, Teatro Verdi in Trieste, Teatro Comunale in Bologna), in Europe (Brussels, Paris, Lyon, Munich, Berlin, Vienna, Barcelona, Aix en Provence, Festival d'Orange, Orchestre National de France, Orchestra of the Polish Radio/Television, Sofia Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Festival of Dubrovnik), in America (Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Verdi Festival in California, Teatro Colòn of Buenos Aires) and in Japan (Tokyo and Osaka).

For the past thirty years he has also been present on the podium in the Arena di Verona where he conducted, among others, La Forza del destino in 1978 and in 2000, Mefistofele by Boito in 1979, I Lombardi alla prima crociata in 1984 and Nabucco in 1996 and in 1998.

Of particular interest are Maurizio Arena's performances of Fedra by Pizzetti and Dafni by Mulè in Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Fiamma by Respighi in the Teatro Verdi in Trieste, of Cyrano de Bergerac by Alfano, Demon by Rubinstein, L'amore dei tre re by Montemezzi and Zazà by Leoncavallo, recorded for RAI. He also conducted the opera Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio by Verdi, Il Giuramento by Mercadante and Matilde di Shabran by Rossini in Paris for Radio France. He conducted, for its first performance in Lyon, la Messa Solenne by Cherubini with the National Orchestra of France.

Over the last few years he conducted La Sonnambula in Warsaw with the artistic corps of the Teatro Fenice, Manon Lescaut in Toronto, Nabucco in Seville and Lyon, Rigoletto in Toulouse, Tosca, Aida and Il Requiem by Verdi in Marseilles, Faust in Buenos Aires, Ernani and Tosca in Palermo, L'Amico Fritz in Genoa, Il Trovatore in Zurich and Seville, Simon Boccanegra and Madama Butterfly in Santiago and Norma in Seville.

In 2002 he will conduct, among others, Adriana Lecouvreur in Catania and La Fanciulla del west in Buenos Aires.

Maurizio Arena has made numerous recordings, the most important being Adriana Lecouvreur and Francesca da Rimini.

August 2002 
On Stage
El amor brujo - Cavalleria RusticanaSunday 8 March
at 15:30
in Teatro Filarmonico
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