Stefano Sarzani cultivates an international career in North America and Europe, striving for a musical path that keeps integrated all the aspects of music making (symphony, opera, crossover, multimedia experimentation, etc…). Since 2018 he has been part of the musical staff of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, where he has recently conducted Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia and Puccini’s La Bohème.
Sarzani has a natural ease both in the pit and in the concert hall: he has just recently had his debut at Opera Idaho, conducting La Bohème and conducted I due Figaro (Mercadante) at Manhattan School of Music; concurrently he has conducted concerts with the orchestra Symphony NH as part of their music director search, has led rehearsals with the Atlanta Youth Symphony and has conducted concerts in Italy with Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana. Also recently he was associate conductor and chorus master of Central City Opera (Colorado) where he prepared and assisted Billy Budd and Madama Butterfly (conducting as well performances of the latter).
Other recent conducting engagements include Maria de Buenos Aires at Des Moines Metro Opera, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi at the University of Memphis and symphonic concerts in Italy.
Sarzani has conducted and collaborated with symphonic and operatic institutions such as Boise Philharmonic Orchestra, New World Symphony, Lucerne Strings Orchestra (Switzerland), National Repertory Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, Orchestra Bulgaria Classic, Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo (Italy), Den Jyske Opera (Denmark), Opéra National de Lorraine (France), Opera Maine, Atlanta Opera and Sarasota Opera.
Sarzani is also recipient of Career Assistance Awards (2016, 2018, 2019, 2020) of the Solti Foundation U.S., that also selected him for the “Elizabeth Buccheri Opera Residency Programs” at the Lyric Opera of Chicago (Turandot, Sir Andrew Davis) and at Michigan Opera Theater (Hänsel und Gretel, Stephen Lord).
Among other accolades, Sarzani has been awarded the 2nd prize of “The American Prize 2012” and he was a finalist for the conducting fellow position of the New World Symphony. He has also been recognized by important competitions, such as the “Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition”, “1st Memphis Symphony Orchestra International Conducting Competition” and “L. Capuana International Conducting Competition” (the competition of Teatro Lirico Sperimentale di Spoleto).
Active also in education as a conductor, pianist and coach, his commitment to young musicians and singers brought him to collaborate and conduct with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, the young singers of Des Moines Metro Opera and Sarasota Opera and to conduct the ensembles of the University of Memphis.
Strongly convinced of the unity of music and of the value of interdisciplinary exchange, Mr. Sarzani has a whole-rounded education that allows him to navigate securely all kinds of cultural dimensions: Italian born, educated in Europe and America, married to Chinese, and with a passion for foreign languages and literatures, he incarnates the 21th century artist who’s able to integrate the roots of European culture with the new stimuli of the hyper-connected contemporary world. Indeed, his education observes the finest of both American and European traditions, represented by institutions including Indiana University, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Monteux School, and in Italy, Conservatorio G. Rossini (Pesaro), Accademia Musicale Chigiana (Siena), and Accademia Musicale Pescarese (Pescara). In addition, he holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Bologna.