Marco Gandini, after graduating from La Sapienza University in Rome, spent a few years as Assistant and Associate Director in opera productions for Lofti Mansouri, Giuliano Montaldo, Mauro Bolognini, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Hugo de Ana and Nuria Espert. Since 1992, he has worked extensively with Franco Zeffirelli (for both opera productions and movies) and has been Associate Director for two productions by Graham Vick. During his career, he has had a chance to work all over the world in the most celebrated opera houses such as: the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome, the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, the Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, the Washington and Los Angeles Opera Houses in the USA, The Royal Opera House in London, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Liceu Opera in Barcelona, and the Marinsky Theatre in San Petersburg.
In 1997, Gandini has made his debut as Production Director in a new stage version of the Italian opera Gianni Schicchi taking place at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona. Other productions he has led include: Tabarro, La Lupa, L’amico Fritz, Tancredi, La Zingara, Le Due Contesse, Il Duello Comico, I Giuochi d’Agrigento, Don Bucefalo, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Gazzetta, Cavalleria Rusticana, La Vida Breve, La Traviata, La Finta Semplice, L’Italiana In Algeri, Die Zauberfloete, Pagliacci, Così Fan Tutte, Un Ballo in Maschera and Pia de’ Tolomei.
His recent new productions include: L’Elisir d’Amore at Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo; Il Mondo alla Rovescia at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona; Maria Padilla at the Wexford Opera Festival; Betulia Liberata at the Salzburg Pfingstfestspiele and Ravenna Festival; La Traviata in Malta; La Bohème in Rome; Simon Boccanegra at the Korean National Opera in Seoul; Il Viaggio a Reims at the Teatro del Maggio Fiorentino; L’Elisir d’Amore at theBucharest National Opera; La Bohème at the Korean National Opera in Seoul and NCPA in Beijing; Aida and Tosca at the Teatro Municipal in Sao Paolo; a revival of La Bohème at the Teatro alla Scala with the El Sistema orchestra and conducted Chorus; Le Nozze di Figaro in Tokyo and Shanghai; La Voix Humaine and new ballet creation of La Strada at the National Opera in Tbilisi.
Marco Gandini is currently professor at the Showa University of Music in Tokyo and principal teacher at the Teatro alla Scala Academy for Singers. He also teaches master classes for the Opera Studio in Lugano.