Mario Menicagli is educational, administrative and artistic director of the Collesalvetti Municipal Institute since 1996 and artistic director of the Garibaldi Theater in Rio nell’Elba since 2003, of the Mascagni Summer Festival since 2002, and of the ToscanaJazz Festival until 2009. Currently, Menicagli is also artistic director of the Dino Formichini theater in Collesalvetti and the Mario Spina theater in Castiglion Fiorentino.
After an intense violin activity, in 2003 he began the activity of orchestra conductor, collaborating, among others, with the Toscanini Orchestra of Parma, the Cherubini Orchestra of Ravenna and conducted in the theaters of Goldoni in Livorno, Nuovo in Milano, Valli of Reggio Emilia, Bellini of Catania, Municipal of Cagliari, Lirico of Craiova in Romania and Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome.
His repertoire includes: Silvano, released by KiccoMusic, Amica, Messa di Gloria, Cavalleria rusticana, Pinotta, Isabeau, Parisina, L’Amico Fritz by Mascagni, Pagliacci by Leoncavallo, Rigoletto, La traviata of Verdi, Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte by Mozart, Il Piccolo Spazzacamino by Britten, Pepito by Offenbach, L’elisir d’amore by Donizetti, Andrea Chénier by Giordano, Madama ButterFly e La Fanciulla del west by Puccini.
Mario Menicagli has carried out several collaborations with orchestras in the pop and jazz fields, directing high-calibre artists such as Ron, Roberto Vecchioni, Simona Molinari, Toto Cutugno, Antonella Ruggiero, Maurizio Colonna, Stefano Bollani and Danilo Rea. He has also conducted the orchestral ensemble of the Teatro Goldoni in Livorno and, from 2010 to 2014, he was Artistic Director of the Effetto Venezia Festival in Livorno. He wrote the lyrics of the song “Come in Ogni Ora” played in the 2009 edition of Sanremo Festival, and wrote two lyric parodies: “Mimì e le Altre” and “Bacco, Tabacco e Lirica“, staged in numerous Italian theaters. Recently, he composed the libretto and part of the music of the pop opera The Puss in Boots and of Cinderella – the pop opera.
Currently, Menicagli collaborates with the poet-writer Lido Pacciardi, completing the composition of the opera “Dodici anni dopo”, the sequel to “Cavalleria rusticana” based on a play by Giovanni Grasso, a Sicilian actor and playwright from the first half of the 20th century who has been among the most applauded all over the world.