Viareggio native, Maestro Valerio Galli, was born into the cradle of where some of the greatest versimo operas were written and is emerging as one of the foremost authoritarians on Puccini and his fellow composers of the era. Therefore, it is no surprise that his career launched in 2007 at the age of 27 with Tosca for the 53rd Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago. This production was released on DVD on the Dynamic label and won him the Gold Mask 2007 Prize for Young Emerging Conductors. In 2013, he was awarded the prestigious Premio Puccini for future outstanding artistry in the repertoire. His opera conducting debut occurred in 2004 with Madama Butterfly. Upon his conducting of Turandot at Torre Del Lago, critics wrote, “…he grew up with Puccini in the blood, he knows exactly what it means conducting outdoors, making wide awake the attention of a potentially distracted spectator: the rhythm is brilliant, bright colors, the great emphasis in all the colors of the flamboyant score without ever falling into the easy trap of mannerisms and a chinoiserie postcard.” Past conducting engagements include: Un Ballo in Maschera, Rigoletto, Cavalleria Rusticana, Suor Angelica, L’Elisir d’amore, Pagliacci, Il Campanello, Gianni Schicchi with Rolando Panerai and Juan Pons, Carmen and La Traviata. Maestro Galli makes his Michigan Opera Theater debut with Turandot in 2014, after the success of his American debut of La Rondine with Fresno Grand Opera in 2013. Other engagements for the 13/14 season include: Il Trovatore in Piacenza; Forza Del Destino, Teatro Verdi di Pisa; Madama Butterfly (Brescia Version) with Daniela Dessi, Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova; and La Bohème, 60th Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago.