Elio Boncompagni is the oldest orchestra conductor combined with being the youngest conductor. Older by wisdom, experience, and understanding; younger for his energy, freshness, modern interpretations, and speed in rehearsing going directly to the heart of the matter without even tiring the orchestra and singers." This is the opinion of a famous music historian.
Boncompagni is Tuscan but has devoted little time to his territory. After graduating, he went to Rome, and was first a student of Franco Ferrara for orchestra conducting and was later an assistant to Tullio Serafin: two legendary names. At the beginning of his career he was already well-established: concerts, operas, and recordings. He was music director at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels: in 1974 he directed for the first time in history the Don Carlos by Verdi in five acts (1886) with the restoration of 4 pieces originally cut in the first performance of 1867, in French. He also conducted the world premiere by Nino Rota and Maurice Bejart's Molière imaginaire. He then held the same functions at the Royal Opera in Stockholm. At Teatro San Carlo di Napoli he was the artistic and music director there for four years. He was responsible for the revival of the theater after the difficult years before the earthquake; conducted, among other things, Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, and a highly acclaimed tour for the first time in Germany with Verdi’s Il Trovatore. He was a permanent conductor for the Volksoper for five years and five years at the Staatsoper in Vienna. He reconstructed, edited and produced the second and last authentic version of Donizetti’s Don Sebastiano in Italian.
He has conducted concerts throughout Europe, the United States, South America and Australia with orchestras such as Wiener Symphoniker, London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Dresdner Philharmonie, l'Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia. He also devoted himself to teaching by giving master classes for young conductors at the Conservatorio Reale di Bruxelles and at Indiana University in Bloomington. For six years was the General Music Director in Aachen, Germany.
"Elio Boncompagni has demonstrated organizational and administrative capacity when he has held positions with theaters and orchestras." He took part in festivals for the centennial of Puccini in Lucca, conducting Manon Lescaut, La Fanciulla del West with orchestra and Choir of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and La Bohème.The Croatian National Theater in Zagreb, and Maestro Boncompagni have recently produced for the third time, his edition of Don Carlos, similar to the one he presented in Brussels. The President of the Italian Republic, has presented him in consideration of his artistic merits the honor of “Grande Ufficiale”.