Principal Guest Conductor at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein since 2017 and Musical Director of the Belcanto Opera Festival Rossini in Bad Wildbad since 2012, the Italian Antonino Fogliani has developed internationally into one of the most highly regarded musicians of his generation and is considered one of the leading bel canto conductors. He first graduated in piano before studying conducting with Vittorio Parisi at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan. Since his acclaimed debut at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro in 2001, Antonino Fogliani has made guest appearances at the most prestigious international opera houses, festivals and orchestras, including the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Teatro alla Fenice in Venice, Palau des Arts in Valencia, Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Grand-Théâtre de Genève, Arena di Verona, Opernhaus Zürich, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Oper Frankfurt, Semperoper Dresden, La Monnaie Bruxelles as well as Covent Garden and the Bregenz Festival. He has also made various CD recordings. In 2018, the then Italian President Sergio Mattarella honoured him with the title of Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. Antonino Fogliani has conducted a variety of performances at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, including Donizetti's "I puritani", "Don Pasquale", "Maria Stuarda", "Lucia di Lammermoor", "L'elisir d'amore" and "La Fille du régiment". He has also conducted "La Cenerentola" (Rossini), "Don Giovanni" (Mozart), "Adriana Lecouvreur" (Cilea) and "La sonnambula" (Bellini), as well as Verdi's "La traviata", "Don Carlo", "Macbeth" and "Otello", Puccini's "Madama Butterfly", "Tosca" and "La Bohème", among others.
In the 2023/24 season, Antonino Fogliani will take over the musical direction of Poulenc's "Dialogues des Carmélites", Rossini's "L'italiana in Algeri", Rossini's "Il barbiere di Siviglia", Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte" and "La Fille du régiment".