The versatility of Antonello Manacorda as conductor is rooted in the richness of his musical and cultural background: born into an Italian-French family in Turin, educated in Amsterdam and for many years living in Berlin, Manacorda was a founding member and for several years supporter of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra born from the will of Claudio Abbado, before embarking on a course of study with the legendary Finnish conductor Jorma Panula.
Active in both the lyric and symphonic fields, Antonello Manacorda performs in the most prestigious opera houses in the world, and on the podium of the most renowned orchestras. At the heart of his activity is his work with the Kammerakademie Potsdam, of which he has been Artistic Director since 2010 and with which he has made a number of award-winning recordings.
In the 2022/23 season Antonello Manacorda will conduct several productions, at the Opéra national de Paris (The Magic Flute), at the Berlin Staastoper (Jenůfa), at the Vienna Staastoper (Don Giovanni and Madama Butterfly) and at the Semperoper Dresden (Der Freischütz ).
For the symphony, highlights of the 2022/23 season include guest conductor appearances with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the Wiener Symphoniker and the Symphony Orchestra of Galicia.
In past seasons, Antonello Manacorda conducted the three new productions of the Mozart-Da Ponte cycle and subsequently The Magic Flute at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, with whom he has closely collaborated over the years; he conducted Rossini's Othello at the Theater an der Wien, The Barber of Seville at the Komische Oper in Berlin, Don Giovanni and L'Africaine in Frankfurt, Béatrice et Bénedict at the Glyndebourne Festival, Lucio Silla and The Cunning Little Vixen at the Théatre de la Monnaie in Brussels, The Marriage of Figaro and Alceste in Munich, Die Zauberflöte in Amsterdam, Midsummer Night's Dream at Theater An der Wien, La Traviata at the Royal Opera House.
More recently, Antonello Manacorda has enjoyed successes with, among others, podium debuts of the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as his debuts at the Metropolitan Opera in New York (Le nozze di Figaro) and with the new production of the Freischütz at the Bayerischen Staatsoper in Munich.
In the recording field, with the Kammerakademie Potsdam Antonello Manacorda has recorded the cycle of Schubert's Symphonies, a Mendelssohn cycle and the last Mozart's Symphonies, all for Sony Classical, obtaining critical acclaim. Schubert's cycle was awarded the ECHO Klassik Preis 2015 in the category 'Orchestra of the Year' and the recording of Mozart's Symphonies was awarded the Opus Klassik 2022 in the same category.
(Antonello Manacorda, photocredit ©Nikolaj Lund)