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Cultural manager

Top-level roles in the public and private sector round out Petrocelli’s wide knowledge and senior leadership expertise in the area of performing arts managementmusic managementartist management and arts administration, allowing collaboration with global leading companiesinternational music institutions and cultural foundationsmajor opera houses and performing arts centersacademies of excellence and national conservatoriesmulticultural festivals and world-renowned artists, ensembles and orchestras.

Dubai Opera


As per 2023, Paolo Petrocelli serves as the Head of Dubai Opera, the main performing arts center in the United Arab Emirates and the epitome of artistic excellence in the Middle East, an iconic multi-functional theatre developed by Emaar, situated in the heart of Downtown Dubai.

Dubai Opera

Dubai Opera (auditorium)

Stauffer Center for Strings

Director General

From 2020 to 2022, Petrocelli served as the founding Director General of the Stauffer Center for Strings in Cremona, the first international center dedicated entirely to string instruments, home to Stauffer Academy.

As Director General of the Stauffer Academy, he brought together a faculty of more than forty leading international artists, including Salvatore Accardo, Avi Avital, Matthew Barley, Lisa Batiashvili, Sol Gabetta, Bruno Giuranna, Daniel Hope, Aleksey Igudesman, Steven Isserlis, Misha Maisky, Antonio Meneses, Viktoria Mullova, Franco Petracchi, Gabriel Prokofiev, Quartetto di Cremona, Julian Rachlin, Caroline Shaw, Antoine Tamestit, Alisa Weilerstein.

Petrocelli designed and launched the Concertmaster Artist Diploma, the first advanced training program in the world dedicated entirely to concertmasters, bringing together as faculty members the concertmasters of the most prestigious European orchestras, like Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, La Scala Theatre Orchestra, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

He established the Stauffer Labs, new departments for innovation and creativity, and initiated an entire new series of concerts and talks broadcasted in live streaming from Cremona. Under his directorship, the Stauffer Center for Strings partnered with some of the most respected music and academic institutions around the world, like Juilliard SchoolYale School of Music,Royal College of Music,Sorbonne UniversitySaïd Business School of the University of Oxford, and started artist residencies programs with music ensembles like the Ensemble intercontemporain, the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra and the European Union Youth Orchestra

The Stauffer Center became the first All-Steinway & Sons School in Italy and the first music institution worldwide to have a digital library provided by Universal Edition.

On the occasion of the opening of the Stauffer Center, Petrocelli curated the release of the album “Stauffer Center Collection“, an unpublished collection of Deutsche Grammophon recordings from Stauffer faculty and alumni.

Paolo Petrocelli at the opening event of the Stauffer Center for Strings

Paolo Petrocelli with the class of string quartet and professors of Quaretto di Cremona

Paolo Petrocelli with Giuseppe Gibboni, Salvatore Accardo, Massimo Quarta

Paolo Petrocelli with Bruno Giuranna, Salvatore Accardo, Antonio Meneses, Franco Petracchi

Paolo Petrocelli with Steven Isserlis, Salvatore Accardo, Daniel Hope, Julian Rachlin, Sarah McElravy

Paolo Petrocelli with Viktoria Mullova and Matthew Barley

Paolo Petrocelli with Caroline Shaw

Paolo Petrocelli with Roby Lakatos and Aleksey Igudesman

Paolo Petrocelli with Daniel Hope

Paolo Petrocelli with Sarah McElravy

Paolo Petrocelli with Lisa Batiashvili

Paolo Petrocelli with Lawrence Power

Paolo Petrocelli with Gabriela Montero

Paolo Petrocelli with Julian Rachlin

Paolo Petrocelli with Andrea Obiso

Paolo Petrocelli with Avi Avital

Paolo Petrocelli with Laura Marzadori

Rome Opera House

Former Member of the Board of Directors
Assistant to the Superintendent

In 2014, at the age of 30, Petrocelli has been nominated a Member of the Board of Directors of the Rome Opera House (Teatro dell’Opera di Roma).

From 2015 to 2021, he served as Assistant to the Superintendent of the Opera House, Carlo Fuortes.
Petrocelli has been at the center of a major international fundraising operation that lead Malaysian billionaire Francis Yeoh making an unprecedented donation to the Rome Opera House.
Under Petrocelli’s leadership, the Rome Opera House performed in 2018 for the first time in Oman, presenting a production of Pagliacci by Franco Zeffirelli at the Royal Opera House Muscat and in Kuwait, with a concert performance of the Youth Orchestra of Teatro dell’Opera di Roma at the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Centre.

Petrocelli with the Italian Minister of Culture, the Superintendent of Rome Opera and Francis Yeoh

Petrocelli with Carlo Fuortes, the Artistic Directors of Rome Opera House and Francis Yeoh

Petrocelli with Francis Yeoh and Carlo Fuortes in front of Rome Opera House

Petrocelli with the Superintendent of Rome Opera House, the Minister of Culture of Lebanon and the CEO of Opera Lebanon in Beirut

Petrocelli with the Superintendent of Rome Opera House and the Director General of the Royal Opera House Muscat

Petrocelli with Nobel Peace Laureates Muhammad Yunus, Tawakkul Karman and Óscar Arias Sánchez at the Rome Opera

Royal Opera House Muscat

Advisor for International Development and Special Projects

Petrocelli served from 2018 to 2020 as Advisor for International Development and Special Projects at Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman, one of the leading arts and culture organization in the Gulf Region and the Arab world for the development of opera and performing arts in the Region and beyond.

Paolo Petrocelli at the Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman

Petrocelli in front of the Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman

In conversation with His Highness Sayyid Kamil bin Fahad Al Said and ROHM Director General Umberto Fanni, at the end of the official press conference of presentation of the 2017-18 season of Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman

Franco Zeffirelli Foundation

Director of Institutional Affairs & International Relations

Petrocelli served as Director of Institutional Affairs & International Relations for the Franco Zeffirelli Foundation, organization created to promote the legacy of the iconic Italian director.

Paolo Petrocelli with Franco Zeffirelli, his Assistant Director and the Director General of Royal Opera House Muscat

Paolo Petrocelli with Franco Zeffirelli, his Assistant Director and the Director General of Royal Opera House Muscat

Paolo Petrocelli with Maestro Franco Zeffirelli at his private home in Rome

IMG Artists

Associate Director

At the age of 27, Petrocelli joined IMG Artists, the global leader for performing arts, festival and events management.
As Associate Director, he has been responsible for the opening of the IMG branch office in Rome and managing the artistic career of several artists, including pianist Alexander Romanovsky and violinist Anna Tifu.

Paolo Petrocelli with Ennio Morricone in Rome

Paolo Petrocelli with Kristine Opolais in Muscat

Paolo Petrocelli with Joshua Bell and Larisa Martinez in New York

Paolo Petrocelli with Herbie Hancock in Melbourne

Paolo Petrocelli at Carnegie Hall in New York

ClassicheFORME Festival

Director General

Paolo Petrocelli served as Director General of ClassicheFORME, the International Chamber Music Festival founded by pianist Beatrice Rana, in the heart of Salento (Apulia, Italy). Artistic Director, Beatrice Rana | Honorary President, Antonio Pappano.

Paolo Petrocellli with Beatrice Rana