Paolo Olmi studied under Massimo Pradella and Franco Ferrara in Rome
and began his conducting career in 1979 having studied the piano from
an early age. Since making his operatic debut in 1986 at the Teatro
Comunale Bologna he has conducted in many of the major concert halls
and opera throughout the world including Europe, North and South America,
Australia and Asia.
Successful productions have included Moses in Egypt at the Teatro
dell’Opera di Roma and Paolo Olmi was subsequently invited by Wolfgang
Sawallisch to conduct this opera at the Bayerischer Staatsoper in Munich.
He was later awarded, with stage director Pier Luigi Pizzi, the French
music critics’ prize for the “Best Opera of the Year” for the outstanding
production of William Tell at the Theatre de Champs Elysees, Paris.
Other operatic highlights have included the Barber of Seville, The Thieving
Magpie, Nabucco and Turandot at Barcelona Opera, a concert performance
of Nabucco at the Royal Festival Hall, London and Manon Lescaut at Teatro
Colon di Buenos Aires.
In Italy Paolo Olmi has also conducted a highly successful production
of Rossini’s Le Siege de Corinthe at the Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova
and also conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and London Symphony
Chorus in a performance of Rossini’s Stabat Mater at the Arena di Verona.
In London, he has appeared at the Royal Festival Hall with the Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra, conducting Verdi’s Requiem and at the Royal
Opera House, Covent Garden, where he made his debut conducting Rossini’s
Moses in Egypt. At Opera di Lyon he made his debut with Mozart The Marriage
of Figaro and at the Strasbourg Opera he has appeared on numerous occasions
conducting Tosca, Don Carlos and Ernani and a special performance of
Rossini Stabat Mater to celebrate the Italian presidency of the European
Union. At the Royal Danish Opera Paolo Olmi has also conducted Madame
Butterfly and he made his US debut at the Chicago Lyric Opera in 1996
conducting Donizetti’s Don Pasquale.
Since making his debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 1992, Paolo
Olmi has returned on a number of occasions for productions of La Fanciulla
del West, Aida, La Forza del Destino and Il Trovatore.
Paolo Olmi is also very active on the concert platform and has conducted
such orchestras as Tokio Philharmonic,Santa Cecilia Rome, Orchestre
National de France,London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic
Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra in London and the Orchestra of RAI
Rome where he conducted the complete symphonies of Mendelssohn, which
were televised by National Television. Following highly successful concerts
in Spain with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra in 1996,
he appeared with the Orchestra in September 1997 at the Athens Festival
and has toured the orchestra again in Italy and Germany in 2000.
Following a highly successful debut at the Hamburg State Opera with
Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Mr Olmi was immediately reinvited for
a new production of La Forza del Destino at the beginning of the 98/99
season. Engagements during the last few seasons have included his debut
in Athens with La Boheme, at Stuttgart Opera conducting the Barber of
Seville and Un ballo un Maschera with the New National Theatre, Tokyo
where he returned to conduct a new production of Nabucco in 2001 and
Donizetti’s L’Elisir D’amore in 2002 with a very successful DVD. In
January 2000 he conducted a very successful performance of Verdi’s Aida
in concert with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonia Chorus
which was subsequently taken on tour in Italy and in December 2000 he
conducted the LPO on tour in Korea.
In 1988 Paolo Olmi was the first Italian conductor in China(Shanghai
and Beijing)where he came back in 1998 for the opening of Shanghai Grand
Theater in collaboration with Teatro Comunale di Firenze.He was invited
to conduct a special “Traviata” in Shanghai to celebrate de 50ft Anniversary
of Chinese Revolution in 2009. He conducted also Traviata in Macau,Otello
in Beijing and the first tour on China of Teatro La Fenice di Venezia
in 2003.He came back to China in 2005 for Shanghai Festival( Rossini’s
Barber of Seville),2006 for a Tour with Shanghai Conservatory of Music,2007
for Hong Kong “French May Festival” (with Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet).
After very successfull productions of La Gioconda at Deutsche Oper
Berlin,Verdi’s Jerusalem and Falstaff , Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur et
Rossini’s Guillaume Tell at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam , the concert
offered from Dutch Television to the Queen of Holland , recorded by
EMI Classic, Rossini’s Stabat Mater with London Philharmonic Orchestra
and touring in Italy , Elisir d’Amore , Ballo In Maschera,Italiana in
Algeri and Barbiere di Siviglia at Bordeaux Opera,Rossini’s Stabat Mater
with London Philharmonic Orchestra,Aida and Lucia di Lammermoor at Savonlinna
Opera Festival Paolo Olmi during 2012 has recorded l’Italiana in Algeri
for French Television(recorded from Nancy) and for Italian Television(recorded
from Teatro Comunale di Bologna) and Barbiere di Siviglia recorded last
October in Bordeaux.
Last engagements include the Easter Concert from Jerusalem, televised
and broadcast in many Countries and a very successful Don Pasquale al
After Traviata at Savonlinna Festival he conducted Fledermaus in
Shanghai and many concerts in Italy, China ,Israel and France.
Paolo Olmi has a great experience in “Making” orchestras an Opera
seasons,being appointed Music Director of Roma Radio Orchestra in 1991,Opera
Theater in Ravenna and Opera National de Nancy et de Lorraine in 2006
,where he stayed for 5 years.From 10 years he is also visiting Professor
at Guildhall School for Music and Drama of London, teaching symphonic
and Operatic repertoire.