On the occasion of his performances of Verdi’s Falstaff at Teatro Verdi of Busseto (January 2006), Lorenzo Arruga wrote:

 La musica accarezzata, sospinta, rivelata da un artista giovane, il direttore Alessandro d’Agostini, nella sua libertà meravigliosa.(Music was caressed, driven, revealed from a young artist, the conductor Alessandro d’Agostini, with wonderful freedom.)

These performances (in the title role Alberto Mastromarino), immediately ensuing Riccardo Muti’s performance (2001) at the same Theatre, represented a big critical success for the conductor, Alessandro d’Agostini.

Alessandro D’Agostini was born in 1974 and started his musical studies when he was five. After graduating in piano, conducting and composition as well in computer music, he specialised with Giorgio Nottoli (composition for computer music) at Accademia Chigiana, Siena, and with Kostantin Bogino, Tchaikovsky Trio (piano and chamber music). He specialised subsequently in conducting under Piero Bellugi and Massimo de Bernart. He worked as well with Maestro de Bernart as his last musical assistant during several operatic and concert productions.

In 2002 he made his operatic debut in Rossini’s Guglielmo Tell (production “As.Li.Co.”, Milan) at Teatro Comunale Bologna, Teatro Sociale Como, Teatro Ponchielli Cremona, Teatro Fraschini Pavia, Teatro Donizetti Bergamo, Teatro Comunale Modena. During the following years, he conducts as well other “As.Li.Co.” productions: Gluck’s Orfeo e Euridice and Donizetti’s Elisir d’Amore.

In 2003 he led the Symphonic Orchestra of the “Toscanini” Foundation, Parma,  (at the SassuoloMusicaFestival) in the first modern performance of the “commedia per musica” Lo Matremmonio annascuso by the eighteen century neapolitan composer Leonardo Leo, on his own critical review and first modern edition.

As a matter of fact, he often combines his conducting activity with musical research, especially in the field of eighteen century opera: we might mention here his critical editions of Luigi Cherubini’s Ifigenia in Aulide and Leonardo Leo’s L’Olimpiade.

In 2004 he led the Orchestra Filarmonia Veneta “G.F.Malipiero” in Verdi’s Rigoletto at Teatro Fraschini Pavia and made his debut with Il Trovatore at Macerata Opera-Sferisterio and at Teatro Lirico Cagliari, when he gained outstanding approvals both from the audience and the press.

In concert he led such orchestras as Symphonic Orchestra of the “Toscanini” Foundation, Parma, “Toscanini” Philharmonic Orchestra, “I Pomeriggi Musicali” Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica Veneta “G.F.Malipiero”, Italian Philharmonic Orchestra, Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra of the National Opera in Tirana.

In the field of concert music we might mention the performances of Beethoven’s and Mendelssohn’s Symphonies (Firenze, Palazzo Pitti, 2000-2001) and of Haydn’s Oratorios Die Schöpfung (Firenze, Palazzo Pitti, e Grado, Basilica di S.Eufemia, 1999) e Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze (Busseto, 2005).

In 2006, after the success of Verdi’s Falstaff, he conducted Francesco Cilea’s L’Arlesiana in the SassuoloMusicaFestival and at Teatro delle Celebrazioni (Bologna): this opera opened the 2006 Opera Season of the Teatro Sociale of Mantova.

In 2007 he inaugurated the first edition of the “Bologna in Musica” Festival with an important concert dedicated to Ruggiero Leoncavallo. In this year, he conducted the very first performance of Verdi’s Aida at the National Theatre of Tirana, Albania.

In 2008 he debuted at Teatro Comunale of Bologna, where he conducted the first modern performance of Leo’s L’Olimpiade, and led for the first time the Orchestra of the Rome Opera House on the occasion of the closing event of Summer Season at Terme di Caracalla, conducting Adolphe Adam’s Giselle, with the choreography by Carla Fracci. Both these performances were greeted enthusiastically from audiences and critics.

In 2009 he conducted a new performance of Rigoletto at Como-Città della Musica Festival and led the Macedonian Opera Orchestra in a Ballet Gala Concert with étoiles and first dancers as Emmanuel Thibault, Sergeij Sidorskij and Francesca Podini; he conducts as well the new critical edition of the first Italian version of Donizetti’s La Figlia del Reggimento (Teatro Sociale of Como, Teatro Donizetti of Bergamo, Teatro Ponchielli of Cremona, Teatro Grande of Brescia), with “I Pomeriggi Musicali” Orchestra (with Yolanda Auyanet and Gianluca Terranova, director Andrea Cigni), obtaining a new big personal success.

In 2010 he debuted, with big success, at Teatro Comunale of Florence, leading the Chorus and the Orchestra of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, conducting Rossini’s ‘Il Barbiere di Siviglia’.