Bellotto, after the degree in Musicology and a ten year theatrical apprenticeship, wins the national competition for the “Laboratorio Lirico di Alessandria” in 1991 as assistant director (La finta giardiniera by Mozart). He then starts to work with important italian directors (among whom Filippo Crivelli and Ugo Gregoretti).
In the late ’90s he starts to sign some productions, among which: L’elisir d’amore (S. Pellegrino, 1996), Don Pasquale (S. Pellegrino, 1997), Rita (Teatro Donizetti, Bergamo, 1998), La prova di un'opera seria (Udine, 1999). Since 2000 his activity becomes more intense: Lo scoiattolo in gamba (Udine, 2000), Arlecchinata (Piacenza, 2000), L'uccellatrice (Piacenza, 2000), Teresina (Venezia, 2002).
In 2000, as assistant director of Gianfranco Ventura, he follows the revival of the staging by Jonathan Miller of Anna Bolena (Bergamo and Cremona); in 2001 the revival of the staging by Ugo Gregoretti of Don Pasquale (Bergamo and Lucca). In 2002 he is assistant director of Gregoretti for a new staging of L’elisir d’amore (Teramo) and for the first modern performance of Il filosofo di campagna by Galuppi-Goldoni (Spoleto) in its critical edition. In 2002 he is assistant director of Rocco Mortelliti for the new opera Il fantasma nella cabina by Marco Betta and libretto based on a tale by Andrea Camilleri (Bergamo, Modena and Lucca).
Between 2003 and 2008 he follows the direction of several productions: Una piccola Cenerentola by Rossini (3 revivals; 2003: Piacenza; 2005: Venice, Teatro Malibran for the Fondazione Teatro La Fenice; 2008: Bergamo), La canterina by Haydn (Venice), Che originali by Mayr (Venice, first modern performance of the 1798 text), Canterville Ghost Party by Gianni Possio (world premiere, Piacenza, 2004), Bastiano e Bastiana (Venice, 2005), Monster’s Gallery (world premiere, Trento Festival Musica ‘900), L’impresario in angustie (one act based on the operas by Cimarosa and Mozart, Sala Verdi in Milan and Teatro Arsenale in Venice), Don Giovanni and Der Schauspieldirektor by Mozart (Teatro Arsenale in Venice), Cavalleria rusticana (Udine).
In the last years he has signed productions for important italian theatres: Roberto Devereux (Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo, 2006; Teatro Verdi in Trieste, 2008; Teatro Verdi in Pordenone, 2008), Cecchina o sia la buona figliola, Il mondo della luna (Teatro Malibran in Venice, produced by Teatro La Fenice, 2007 and 2010; Teatro Verdi in Sassari 2009; Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo 2011), Lucrezia Borgia (Teatro Verdi in Sassari, 2007; Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo, 2007; Teatro Regio in Turin, 2008), L'Elisir d'amore (Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo, and Teatro del Giglio in Lucca, 2009; 9 theatres in Japan -from Osaka Concert Hall to Tokyo Bunka Kaikan-); Don Pasquale (Udine and Zagreb june 2009; Olimpico in Vicenza, june 2010; Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo and Teatro Coccia in Novara, december 2010); I due Timidi (Teatro Malibran in Venice, produced by Teatro La Fenice e Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello); Così fan tutte e Maria de Rudenz (Bergamo 2012-2013); Turandot (Seoul Art Center 2013); Aida (Benelux tour, 23 performances); Viva Verdi (Venezia, Biennale Musica e Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello 2013).
He is the author, with Daniele Cortesi, of the musical comedy Nemorino, tenore e burattino for string quartet, piano, tenor and puppets.
He is very active in the musicological field. He has edited several monographs and miscellanea of essays for the most important italian theatres and foundations. His articles and essays appear on national and foreign specialized journals.
Bellotto teaches “Teoria e Tecnica del teatro musicale”, “Istituzioni di regia teatrale” for the Venice Conservatorio andthe Italian Universities. He holds courses and lectures for the most prestigious international universities and cultural institutes.
He is vicedirector of “Fondazione Donizetti” from 1997 to 2010. He is member of the scientific committee for “Edizione Nazionale delle Opere di Gatano Donizetti” since 2001. He is also the Secretary Treasurer of the same institute.
He was Artistic Director of “Teatro Donizetti” in Bergamo from 2004 to 2014. In Bergamo founded and directed “Bergamo Musica Festival Gaetano Donizetti” until 2014.