Born in Vicenza in 1966, Marco Gandini graduates from Rome’s La Sapienza University. He has been Assistant and Associate Director for opera productions by Lofti Mansouri, Giuliano Montaldo, Mauro Bolognini, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Hugo de Ana and Nuria Espert.
Since 1992 he has worked extensively with Franco Zeffirelli in opera productions and movies, and has been Associate Director for both new and revival productions by Graham Vick. He has worked in the major Italian opera houses (including Teatro alla Scala, Rome Opera, San Carlo Theatre in Naples) and internationally at the Met in New York, Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, Washington and Los Angeles Opera, NNT in Tokyo, The Royal Opera House in London, Teatro Real in Madrid, Teatro Liceu, Marinsky Theatre in San Petersburg.
In 1997 he made his debut as Production Director with a new production of Gianni Schicchi at Teatro Filarmonico in Verona. New productions include Tabarro in Verona, La Lupa by Marco Tutino in Palermo, L’amico Fritz in Catania and Verona, Gianni Schicchi a newly designed production for Japan Tour of Teatro Comunale of Bologna, afterwards revived in Bologna too, Tancredi in Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, Modena and Ferrara, La Zingara by Donizetti, Le Due Contesse, Il Duello Comico and I Giuochi d’Agrigento by Paisiello, and Don Bucefalo by Cagnoni at Valle d’Itria Festival in Martina Franca, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and La Gazzetta by Rossini at Garsington Opera Festival, Cavalleria Rusticana and La Vida Breve by De Falla in Livorno, for the opening of Teatro Goldoni, attended by President of Italian Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, La Traviata in Genova, Brescia, Bergamo, Cremona, Pavia, Sassari, La Finta Semplice by Mozart at Teatro Malibran in Venezia, L’Italiana In Algeri in Treviso, Il Flauto Magico at Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Pagliacci in Sassari, Così Fan Tutte coproduction of Teatro Municipale in Piacenza and Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, then revived in Palermo, Un Ballo in Maschera at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Pia de’ Tolomei by Donizetti, Japan premiere of the opera for the inauguration of Teatro del Giglio Kawasaki-Tokyo.
Recent new productions: L’Elisir d’Amore at Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, Il Mondo alla Rovescia by Salieri at Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, Maria Padilla by Donizetti at Wexford Opera Festival, Betulia Liberata premiere staged version, conducted by Riccardo Muti at Pfingstfestspiele in Salzburg and at Ravenna Festival, La Traviata in a new production in Malta, Bohème at Rome Opera with conductor James Conlon, Simon Boccanegra at Korean National Opera in Seoul conducted by Myung-whun Chung, Bohème in Puccini’s hometown of Lucca in a new production with debuting young singers conducted by Boncompagni, Falstaff at Teatro del Giglio Tokyo conducted by Matsushita, Viaggio a Reims new production for the opera season inauguration at Teatro del Maggio Fiorentino conducted by Rustioni, L’Elisir d’Amore new production at National Opera in Bucharest, conducted by Teodorascu, Bohème conducted by Myung-whun Chung in a new production as celebration for 50th anniversary of Korean National Opera in Seoul, then taken on tour at NCPA in Beijing, Farnace by Vivaldi conducted by Sardelli at Maggio Musicale in Florence, Aida conducted by Neschling at Teatro Municipal in Sao Paolo Brasil, Sonnambula conducted by Mazzola at Teatro Del Giglio in Tokyo, Tosca conducted by Caetani at Teatro Municipal in Sao Paolo Brasil Marco Gandini teaches Technics for Expression for the Young Singers Program at Teatro alla Scala Academy in Milan.