From Jonas Kaufmann, Diana Damrau and Jospeh Calleja to Christian Thielemann – Italian conductor Paolo Bressan is making a name for himself among the top talents in classical music today.
Paolo Bressan was educated at the Conservatory “Giuseppe Verdi” in Milan, Italy, at the Hochschule für Musik “Franz Liszt” in Weimar and also studied piano with Louis Lortie. His mentors are Daniele Gatti, Christian Thielemann and Emmanuel Villaume. An Italian now living in Berlin, Bressan has spent much of his working career in Germany and is fluent in Italian, German, English, French and Spanish.
Bressan launched his career at the Mecklenburgische Staatstheater Schwerin and Theater Kiel, where he conducted a wide range of repertoire. He also served as principal conductor and artistic administrator of the city of Schwerin Youth Symphony Orchestra, where he continually broadened his symphonic repertoire. Paolo Bressan was the founder of the first “Jugendsinfonie Orchester Festival Schwerin,” where Symphony Youth Orchestras from Berlin and Hamburg were given the chance to make music together under the patronage of Manuela Schwesig, the federal ministry for family affairs and youth.
He was invited to conduct Der Freischütz in Flensburg, Die Zauberflöte in Karlsruhe, as well as Così fan tutte in Vendome, France.
Paolo Bressan was Christian Thielemann’s assistant at the 2015 Salzburg Easter Festival for Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci starring Jonas Kaufmann, he assisted Kazushi Ono at the Opera de Lyon for The Flying Dutchman and Emmanuel Villaume at the Gran Teatro la Fenice in Venice for Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine.
In January 2015, he made a highly praised, critically acclaimed debut at the Vienna Konzerthaus in concert with Joseph Calleja and the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra.
In June 2015, Bressan prepared orchestras and chorus for a four-city tour of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta starring Anna Netrebko and conducted by Emmanuel Villaume (Lucerne, Copenhagen, Monte Carlo, and London).
In September 2015, Paolo Bressan served as artistic advisor for a CD recording of Diana Damrau performing in studio with the Orchestra de l’Opera de Lyon, “Works of G. Meyerbeer.”
In December 2015, Paolo Bressan assisted Daniele Gatti and prepared the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in a Verdi program for a special New Year’s Concert.
From October until December 2015, Bressan conducted Mozart’s Bastien and Bastienne as well as lyric concerts at the Dallas Opera, where he will return in March 2016. In February 2016, he will make his debut in Prague and will appear for the the first time at the Théatre-des-Champs-Elysée in Paris with the PFK Philharmonia Prague and tenor Bryan Hymel.