Marcello Cormio is a native Italian conductor, opera coach, pianist, and educator.

Among his recent operatic engagements, Maestro Cormio has returned to Sarasota Opera to conduct a double bill of Donizetti and Wolf-Ferrari in the 2019 season, and a new production of Pergolesi’s La serva padrona in the 2021 season. He will lead a production of Bizet’s Pearl Fishers in the Sarasota Opera 2022 season.

South Florida Classical praised him as "an assured hand in the pit, conducting the score with vitality while leaving the singers room to breathe in their solos" for Così fan tutte in the Sarasota Opera's 2016 season.  Cormio’s “notable” conducting debut in the 2014 Sarasota Opera’s season with Il barbiere di Siviglia was praised for a “lovely, light touch with the music”: “the young Italian drew vital and spirited playing, with the fizzing ensemble exciting yet with a fine balancing of solo voices, chorus and orchestra” (The Classical Review). 

He has led productions of L’elisir d’amore, Così fan tutte and A Room with a View at the Michigan State University, Street Scene at the West Virginia University, Le nozze di Figaro at the 2015 Sarasota Opera Festival, and Hansel and Gretel at the Savannah Voice Festival. 

He has collaborated with the Irish Tenors, serving as conductor for their 2018 Christmas tour, and leading performances around North America.

As a symphonic conductor, Cormio has appeared with orchestras around the United States and Europe, including the San Antonio Symphony, the Orchestra della Società dei Concerti di Bari, the Bacau Symphony, and the Orchestra Sinfonica del Conservatorio di Bari. In recent years, he has developed a fruitful artistic relationship with the Orchestra Sinfonica della Città Metropolitana di Bari, leading the orchestra in several cycles of performances as guest conductor. He has also served as cover conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra during the 2014-2015 season. 

Cormio was music director and conductor of opera scenes productions at the Manhattan School of Music and at the Indiana University School of Music.  In 2013 he was cover and assistant conductor for a new production of Turandot at the Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy, France. Cormio has led productions of Die Zauberflöte at the Bay View Music Festival, and of Gounod’s Romèo et Juliette and The Phantom of the Opera with the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre.  

Cormio has been active as an opera coach and educator throughout his career. He has worked as coach and conductor both at academic institutions and in summer music festivals, such as Opera do Recife (Brazil) and Prague Summer Nights (Czech Republic). In the year 2014-15 he was on faculty at the West Virginia University as Head of the Opera Program.

He is currently on the faculty of the University of Kentucky as Director of the University of Kentucky Philharmonia. He is currently also the Music Director of the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras in Lexington, KY. He is the Artistic Director of the Opera Lucca Festival in Lucca, Italy.

Cormio holds graduate degrees in piano, composition, conducting, and musicology from Italian conservatories and universities, as well as a Master of Music degree from Indiana University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kentucky.

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