Laurent Campellone studied conducting at the Frederic Chopin Conservatory of Paris.
At the age of 23, he became an assistant to the Musical Director of the Toulon Opera. In 2000, he completed his education with Christoph Eschenbach.
Laurent Campellone has conducted over 200 symphonic pieces and around 60 different lyric scores.
In 2004, Laurent Campellone was appointed Musical Director of both the Saint-Etienne Opera and the Symphonic Orchestra, where he rediscovered the French lyric repertoire of the 19th century, conducting rarely performed pieces such as Massenet’s Sapho, Le jongleur de Notre Dame, Ariane, Le mage, Gounod’s La reine de Saba and Polyeucte, Lalo’s Le roi d’Ys, and Thomas’ Hamlet. In that theatre he conducted Bellini’s Norma, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Verdi’s Rigoletto, Puccini’s Turandot, Tosca, La bohème, Madama Butterfly, Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana, Bizet’s Carmen, Gounod’s Faust and Roméo et Juliette, Massenet’s Manon, Saint-Saens’ Samson et Dalila, Weber’s Freischutz, Wagner’s Die Walküre and Der fliegende Höllander, and Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress.
Career highlights have included Ponchielli’s La Gioconda, Bizet’s Carmen, Puccini’s Turandot (Deutsche Oper Berlin),Berlioz’s Les Troyens (Manaus Opera, Brazil),Les pêcheurs de perles and Gounod’s Faust (Madison Opera), Delibes’ Lakmé, Massenet’s Don Quichotte, Verdi’s La traviata, Puccini’s Turandot, Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust (National Opera of Bulgaria),Berlioz's L’Enfance du Christ and Offenbach’s La Périchole (Marseille Opera), Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and Lucia di Lammermoor, Cimarosa’s Cleopatra (Spoleto), Chabrier's L’Etoile, Offenbach’s La Grande-Dûchesse de Geroldstein, Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tiresias and La voix humaine (Toulon Opera, France),Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Opera Nationale de Bordeaux),Rossini's La Cenerentola (Bogota Opera) and Massenet's Werther (Messina Opera, Italy).
Laurent Campellone is regularly invited by internationally famous institutions including Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Brazil National Orchestra, Bolshoi Theatre, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, New Russia State Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra ofthe Capitole in Toulouse, Orchestre national des Pays de la Loire, Orchestre de l’Opéra national deNancy and Nice Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also conducted at prestigious French Festivals including the La Chaise-Dieu Festival and Berlioz Festival in La Côte Saint-André.
He collaborates with the Bolshoi Theatre, being the music director of its production of Verdi's La traviata.
His latest recording, Offenbach colorature, released in January 2019, was awarded a Gold Diapason, a Diamond by Opéra Magazine and a Choc Classica, features in Gramophone as part of their March 2019 selection and features in the BBC Music Magazine as part of their May 2019 selection.
Awards and Honours:
- the winner of the First Prize at the 8th edition of the UE Young Conductors International Competition in association with the National Academy of St Cecilia and the Rome Opera House ( Spoleto, Italy)