Marco Guidarini studied conducting with Mario Gusulla and Franco Ferrara and became assistant to John-Elliot Gardiner at the Opéra de Lyon making his operatic debut there conducting Falstaff. Since then he has conducted at many opera houses including  New York (Metropolitan), Los Angeles, Bologna, Naples, Barcelona, Berlin (Deutsche Oper), Munich, Leipzig, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo.   Between 2001 and 2009 he was Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique and Opéra de Nice. Productions there have inclu- ded operas by Mozart, Verdi and Puccini together with  Wozzeck, Salome and Pelleas et Melisande. He led the Orchestre Philharmo- nique de Nice on a tour of Japan, their first outside France and founded a contemporary music ensemble "Apostrophe" from with- in the orchestra.   His recordings have included Puccini's Le villi (Grand Prix du Disque), Simon Boccanegra scenes from Paer's Sofonisba, Ido- meneo, Alfano's Cyrano de Bergerac, Verdi's Macbeth and Le Trouvère, Mascagni's Roma and works by Charpentier, Field, Lalo, Massenet Poulenc and Saint-Saens. Representation: Germany