Elio Boncompagni studied violin and composition in Florence and studied conducting with Franco Ferrara. He was the winner of the international conducting competition of RAI in Milan and then became a student and an assistant to Maestro Tullio Serafin.



Boncompagni was the principal conductor for four years at the National Theater of Brussels (Théâtre de la Monnaie), and during this time, he conducted all the tours that the National Theater of Brussels made to Paris and Vienna. At the Royal Opera Theater in Stockholm he was appointed permanent conductor of Italian repertoire for two years, and also conducted the guest performances of “Un Ballo in Maschera” and “Carmen” at the Deutsche Staatsoper in Berlin with the Royal Opera from Stockholm. Elio Boncompagni was the artistic director and principal conductor for three years at the Theatro San Carlo in Naples.  He was responsible for all the symphony concerts and operas including a new production of Wagner’s complete Ring Cycle.  He was also the permanent conductor for the Italian repertoire from 1987-1991 at the Vienna Staatsoper. Boncompagni has made guest appearances with opera houses such as Berliner Deutsche Staatsoper, Berliner Deutsche Oper, Bayerische Staatsoper München, Hamburgische Staatsoper and Opéra de Paris.




From 1996 until 2002, Elio Boncompagni was the General Musical Director in Aachen, Germany.  During these six years his title included being the musical director for Theater Aachen and the artistic and musical director for Sinfonie Orchester Aachen.  As musical director of Theater Aachen he was responsible for the opera productions and as the artistic director, and musical conductor of the symphony, he was responsible for all the concerts and tours performed by Sinfonie Orchester Aachen. He has conducted such operas in Aachen as "Boris  Godunov," " Turandot,"Il Trovtore", "Tannäuser", "Don Sebastiano", "Madama Butterfly", "Rigoletto", "Ariadne auf  Naxos". "Manon Lescau", "Elektra", "La Bohème", and "Maria di Rohan", "Le Nozze di Figaro", "Die Fledermaus","Die Toten Augen" "Die Zauberföte", and "Hänsel und Gretel".

Elio Boncompagni’s wide experience in symphonic repertoire includes conducting orchestras all over Europe, the United States, Canada, South America and Australia (More the 120 symphony orchestras) including orchestras, such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dresdner Philharmonic Orchestra. He has collaborated with such outstanding artists as Isaac Stern, Salvatore Accardo, Pierre Rampal, Eugen Istomin, Claudio Arrau, Maurizio Pollini, Pierre Fournier, Michaela Ursuleasa, Frank Peter Zimmerman, Mischa Maisky, Isabelle van Keulen, and Lars Vogt.




Elio Boncompagni has dedicated his work to the music of Donizetti, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth.  Boncompagni has recorded on CD “Anna Bolena,” “Maria di Rohan,” and a “Donizetti- portrait” (arias and overtures) with the renowned soprano Edita Gruberova.  More importantly Boncompagni has reconstructed the second, authentic Viennese version of Donizetti’s last opera “Don Sebastiano.”  Which he presented for the first time in a concert version in October 1996 in Stuttgart. In 1998 “Don Sebastiano” was performed for the first time on stage with Theater Aachen. The public and international press applauded the 15 performances and was later performed again at Theatre Arriaga di Bilbao.



From the performances a live CD of “Don Sebastiano” was produced and is available on Kicco Classics. After “Don Sebastiano” Boncompagni reconstructed the Viennese version of “Maria di Rohan” which premiered in Aachen with 11 outstanding performances that followed. He conducted with great success in Salzburg a production of “Le Nozze di Figaro” with the Mozarteum Orchestra, Macbeth with the  Teatro “Giuseppe Verdi” in Trieste,   Liszt’s “La Leggenda di Santa Elisabetta”  with  the Teatro del Maggio Fiorentino in Florence, Italy. Artistic Director of Teatro del Giglio in Lucca, were he has conducted Manon Lescaut, La Fanciulla del West with Orchestra and Choir of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Candide and La Bohème. Recently he has conducted Aida at the Savonlinna Opera Festival.