Marcello Cormio, Conductor
The Marriage of Figaro
The 2014 production of Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia marked Marcello Cormio’s conducting debut at the Sarasota Opera.
Mr. Cormio’s recent highlights include engagements as music director and conductor of the 2013 Opera Scenes production at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, and as cover and assistant conductor for the upcoming production of Turandot at the Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy, France. In the spring of 2014, Mr. Cormio will return to the Manhattan School of Music as assistant conductor for Haydn’s Orlando Paladino.
Mr. Cormio has appeared with orchestras around the United States and Europe, including the San Antonio Symphony, the Orchestra della Società dei Concerti di Bari, the Bacau Symphony, the Orchestra Sinfonica del Conservatorio di Bari, the Bay View Festival, and the collegiate festival orchestra at Georgia All-State. He has also led the different orchestras of the Indiana University School of Music and the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra in several performances. He recently had his conducting debut in China, performing at the head of the University of Kentucky Symphony in concert halls in Hangzhou, Tianjin, and at the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing.
Mr. Cormio has led productions of Die Zauberflöte at the Bay View Music Festival, and of Gounod’s Romèo et Juliette with the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre. He has collaborated with internationally renowned soloists, such as pianists Aldo Ciccolini and soprano Cynthia Lawrence.
In recent years, Mr. Cormio has been regularly invited as guest lecturer and conductor for opera workshops at prestigious academic institutions, such as the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music in New York; this summer he was on the faculty of the Opera Studio do Recife master class in Brazil.
In 2010 he was first assistant conductor and cover conductor at the Sarasota Opera, where he conducted staging and full dress rehearsals in productions of Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Giovanna d’Arco, and La Cenerentola.
Mr. Cormio has served on the music staff of the Indiana University Opera Theatre and of the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre as opera coach, chorus master, and assistant conductor.
In 2005 he was conductor and music director of the Contemporary Music Ensemble “Makrokosmos” in Italy.