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This conductor as committed as he is precise, as motivated as he is motivating, knows how to mobilize and galvanize all the sections of the Saint-Étienne Symphony

The Madrilenian José Antonio Montaño is considered “among Spain´s orchestra conductors with the highest renown at the moment”, according to the specialized music press. Trained by great masters such as Jesús López Cobos, Evelino Pidò and Pinchas Steinberg, he made name for himself in theaters and auditoriums of international prestige, performing all genres (opera, ballet, symphony and chamber music), and covering an extensive repertoire starting with his first baroque performance until utterly contemporary debuts.

He has conducted many orchestras as the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, l’Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano “La Verdi”, l’Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice de Génova, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, l’Orchestra Accademia Teatro alla Scala of Milan, l’Orchestre de l’Opera Royal de Wallonie, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Saint-Étienne, Real Filharmonía de Galicia, Orquesta de Extremadura, Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia, l’Orchestra Filarmonia Veneta, la Orquesta Escuela de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid (principal conductor 2003-2013), Orquesta de la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (principal conductor 2007-2009), among others.

In Spain he has conducted in such renowned national theaters such as Teatro Real, Teatro de la Zarzuela, Teatro Monumental, Teatros del Canal, Fundación Juan March, Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid... In Europe, he has conducted in Teatro alla Scala of Milan, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Teatro Valli in Reggio Emilia, Teatro Comunale in Ferrara, Teatro Comunale in Treviso and Palazzo Reale in Naples; in the Opéra Théâtre de St Etienne ( France), in the Alexandrinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg ( Russia), in the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège ( Belgium).

Since 1998, he has been highly active in opera conducting, with a special emphasis on 18th century works. Among many others, we mention these outstanding titles: La vera costanza and Il mondo della luna by F. J. Haydn, W. A. Mozart’s Don Giovanni, D. Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto, C. Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, H. Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, J. A. Hasse’s La contadina, G. B. Pergolesi’s La serva padrona, Il barbiere di Siviglia and Il viaggio a Reims by G. Rossini, Don Pasquale and Rita by G. Donizetti, R. , Bellini’s I Puritani, Puccini´s La Bohème, The Little Sweep by B. Britten...

He participated in many festivals such as the Stresa Festival in Italy, the Mozart Festival in La Coruña, Festival Internacional de Santander, Festival Internacional de Teatro Clásico in Mérida, Almagro, Ópera de Zamora, Lírico de Real Coliseo Carlos III in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Fifth International Choir Festival in Saint Petersburg, and many others.

He has worked closely with such internationally-renowned directors as Emilio Sagi, Ignacio García, Italo Nunziata, Elio De Capitani, Alessandra Panzavolta, Tomaz Pandur and Tomás Muñoz.

As a composer, Montaño won second prize in the European composition competition Opera J his children’s opera Hamelin City.

His interest and love for historical interpretation saw the light with the creation of La Madrileña, an orchestra of period instruments, with which he has recovered some excellent examples of the repertoire of 18th Century Spain.
The orchestra has been voted by the public to be finalist under “BEST SPANISH ANCIENT MUSIC GROUP” category in the GEMA AWARDS 2017.

Among his latest performances noteworthy is his return to the Teatro Real of Madrid to conduct the opera I Puritani accompanied by Evelino Pidò and the singers Diana Damarau and Javier Camarena and his recent success with the Orchestra Sinfonica de Milano Giuseppe Verdi at the Stresa Festival 2020.

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