Maurizio Montobbio began his professional career in Italy as lighting crew member in his hometown opera theater in Genoa, the Teatro Carlo Felice.
After several years in this position he moved to New York City to study lighting design at the Lester Polakov’s Studio and Forum of Stage Design. He has since been working in all fields of live performances including opera, theater, dance, musical comedies and corporate events.
In ballet, Montobbio has worked with Rudolph Nureyev and Elisabetta Terabust for the Teatro alla Scala Ballet, Patrice Bart, Brigitte Lefèvre, Sylvie Guillem and Patrick Dupond for the Paris Opera Ballet. He has also worked with the Munich Staatsballett, and the Berlin Staatsballett, among others.
Designing for the theatre and opera, his works include productions for the Paris Opera, the Nancy and Lorraine Opera House, the Lyon Opera House, the Saint-Etienne Opera House, the Clermont-Ferrand Lyric Center and the Genoa Teatro Carlo Felice. With opera director Paolo Micciché he designed Macbeth for Washington National Opera, La forza del destino and Madame Butterfly at the Baltimore Lyric Theatre.