Paolo Olmi studied conducting under Massimo Pradella and Franco Ferrara in Rome. Since his operatic debut in 1986 at the Teatro Comunale Bologna, his career has flourished with engagements at the major concert halls and opera houses throughout the world.
Olmi’s passion for opera since an early age meant he devoted significant amount of time to conducting numerous operatic works which are the core of his wide-ranging repertoire today. Prominently featured in his repertoire are also the large choral sacred works including Requiems by Verdi, Mozart and Fauré, among others.
Paolo Olmi has had notable success conducting at the worlds major musical institutions including Teatro dell’Opera Roma, La Fenice Venice, Santa Cecilia Rome, La Scala Milan (in a 1987 concert with Rostropovich), Bavarian State Opera Munich, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Chicago Opera, Teatro Real Madrid, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Semperoper Dresden, as well as Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, New National Theatre Tokyo and the Berlin Philharmonic. In 1998 he led the inaugural concert of the new Shanghai Theatre and returned to China in recent years with concerts in Beijing and Shanghai where he began a series of master classes with the recently founded China Youth Orchestra.
In 2006 Paolo Olmi took up the position of Music Director of the Opéra National de Nancy, where he conducted symphonic concerts as well as opera performances of Andrea Chenier, Macbeth, La Cenerentola and The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.