Carlo Montanaro (born in Cecina) is an Italian violinist and conductor. He concentrates on Italian operas from Bel canto to verismo and also conducts selected works from the French repertoire.
Montanaro completed his violin studies at the Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini in Florence and began his musical career with the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in 1991. He was discovered and promoted by Zubin Mehta, came to the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where he studied conducting with Leopold Hager, Ervin Acél and Takuo Yuasa for three years.
Since 2001 he has been a guest at numerous opera houses worldwide:
From 2011 to 2014 he worked as music director at the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw.
He also regularly undertakes concert engagements, again focusing on works from the Italian repertoire, such as Verdi's Requiem. He gave guest performances at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, at the Herkulessaal in Munich and at the Musikverein für Steiermarkin Graz.