Michele Gamba



Rapidly establishing himself as one of the most eclectic interpreters of recent years, Michele Gamba made his debut at the London Royal Opera House conducting Mozart Bastien und Bastienne and a staged version of Berios’s Folk Songs at Linbury Theatre.
In 2015, Michele also appeared at the Berlin State Opera for a new production of Le nozze di Figaro directed by Jürgen Flimm, gaining great success from the audience and critic alike.

After being Jette Parker Associate Conductor to Antonio Pappano at London ROH Covent Garden and Assistant Conductor to Daniel Barenboim at the Berlin Staatsoper, Michele made his highly acclaimed debut at the Teatro alla Scala in 2016, stepping in “with 18 minutes notice” to conduct I due Foscari. “Michele was an instant hit (Bachtrack)” and this debut marked his rise to the international scene.

Since then, he has developed a strong collaboration with the famous opera house and orchestra, which led him to conduct seven productions in the past few years, including the world premiere Madina by Fabio Vacchi, the Opening Gala A riveder le stelle in 2020, L’elisir d’amore, Le nozze di Figaro, an all-Schumann recital with baritone Markus Werba and the highly acclaimed new production of Rigoletto staged by renowned director Mario Martone.

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“…his conducting hardly sounded overstretched. Skittering orchestral passages were brilliant and crisp, limpid bel canto lines elegantly shaped, and all was weaved into a lively, spacious whole… Gamba’s communicative podium manner feels fresh. ‘When you enter an authentic dialogue, it keeps it unpredictable and every performance is different’, he (Gamba) says.”

James Imam

Musical America

“Happy was the representation from a musical point of view.
On the podium, the thirty-six-year-old Michele Gamba … a sensitive and well-prepared musician, Gamba was able to create the contrast between a generally tight, almost inescapable rhythm and moments of lyrical suspension (including the famous furtiva lagrima, slower than usual but full of ‘inspiration).
The Milanese musician has, as they say, a “happy arm” – as is evident from the excellent concertation – and knows how to give pathos to musical discourse with a continuity that is not always found in more expert mallets. “

“Felice è stata la rappresentazione dal punto di vista musicale.
Sul podio, il trentaseienne Michele Gamba …musicista sensibile e preparatissimo, Gamba ha saputo creare il contrasto fra un ritmo generalmente serrato, quasi ineluttabile, e momenti di sospensione lirica (fra cui la celebre furtiva lagrima, più lenta del consueto ma piena d’ispirazione).
Il musicista milanese ha, come si suol dire, un “braccio felice” – come è evidente dall’eccellente concertazione – e sa conferire pathos al discorso musicale con una continuità che non sempre si trova in bacchette più esperte. “

Luca Ciammarughi

Classica Viva