Corrado Rovaris is the Music Director of the Opera Company of Philadelphia, and concurrently serves as the Principal Conductor of the Italian chamber orchestra I Virtuosi Italiani, based in Verona. This season, he also begins his appointment as Music Director of the Artosphere Festival, established in 2011 by the Walton Arts Center.

In the 2011-12 season, Mr. Rovaris conducted the Spanish premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s one-act masterpiece Ainadamar at the Oviedo Opera, which he will revive later this summer at the Santander Festival. At Oviedo, he also conducted David Alden’s production of Britten’s Peter Grimes. Mr. Rovaris leads three productions in Philadelphia this season: Bizet’s Carmen, Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, and a new co-production (with the Teatro Comunale in Treviso, Italy) of Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio. In Italy, he led Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste, where he also conducted a symphonic program, in addition to concerts in Milan and Siena. In summer 2012, he will explore two programs of American and Italian Soundscapes with the Artosphere Festival Orchestra. He will also conduct Hasse’s Artaserse at the Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca, Italy; and a revival of Spontini’s “lost” opera La Fuga in maschera at the Festival Spontini Pergolesi ... read full bio