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
and Il Requiem
by Verdi in Marseilles, Faust
in Buenos Aires, Ernani
in Palermo, L'Amico Fritz
in Genoa, Il Trovatore
in Zurich and Seville, Simon Boccanegra
and Madama Butterfly
in Santiago and Norma
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