Giovanni Reggioli, conductor
Giovanni Reggioli has quickly established an impressive international career having conducted Falstaff at Opera Australia and in Caracas, Carmen, La bohème and Don Giovanni at Washington National Opera, Un Giorno di Regno at the Caramoor International Music Festival, Un Ballo in Maschera and Turandot in Quebec City, as well as I Pagliacci and Cavalleria Rusticana for PortOpera in Maine. He has led the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera orchestras, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of Saint Luke’s, the Orchestra Filarmonica Mediterranea, and the Orchestra Filarmonica di Sanremo.
His critically acclaimed conducting debut with Opera Australia of Verdi’s Falstaff assured his return for subsequent years: “The lion’s share of the credit for that triumph simply must be awarded to the conductor, Giovanni Reggioli, whose intimate and loving knowledge of the detail of this wonderful work inspired the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra to give consistently of its very best, providing a reading of the music so incandescent it rendered all but irrelevant slight shortfalls in other areas of the premiere performance. May Reggioli return soon, and often, to adorn the future performance rosters of Opera Australia.” (Opera~Opera).
Most recently, Giovanni Reggioli conducted Pagliacci/Suor Angelica with Opera Birmingham. In August of 2012, Giovanni Reggioli conducted Manon with Ópera de Colombia in Bogotá. The autumn season found him conducting Madama Butterfly in a return to Opera Australia, and spring 2013 found his debut with the University of Maryland Opera Studio for La bohème.
Giovanni Reggioli’s 2010-2011 season began once again down under for a production of Verdi’s Rigoletto, this time with Opera Australia. His 2009-2010 season saw his return to Opera Queensland for performances of Verdi’s Rigoletto before he conducted Le nozze di Figaro with the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.
In September, 2008, Maestro Reggioli made his debut with the Minnesota Opera conducting Il trovatore, returned to Opera Australia for Otello, and conducted the special “New Year’s Gala Bravissimo!” at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. The 2007-2008 season featured Mr. Reggioli’s debut in Ottawa, Canada, conducting the National Arts Centre Orchestra for the “Black and White Opera Gala”, a return to Australia for performances of Verdi’s Nabucco and Puccini’s La bohème and to Washington National Opera, where he conducted Rigoletto.
The 2006-2007 season opened triumphantly when Mr. Reggioli was asked, at short notice, to step in and take over the opening productions of Washington National Opera: Bluebeard’s Castle and Gianni Schicchi. His season continued with performances of La traviata, Il trovatore, and Nabucco for Opera Australia, a semi-staged performance of Turandot to celebrate Australia Day in the Park (January 21, 2007), and a major New Year’s Eve Gala on December 31, 2006. He also made a return to PortOpera to conduct Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
Recent highlights include his 2005 debut at the Baths of Caracalla in Rome where he conducted Aida, appearances at Washington National Opera for I Vespri Siciliani and the Opéra de Québecfor Madama Butterfly. He has conducted l’Orchestre symphonique du Québec as well as Un ballo in maschera with Opéra de Québec, where his performances elicited such praise as “irreproachable and coherent” (Radio-Canada) and “assured…relaxed and respectful” (Le Soleil, Québec), and Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila and La traviata, starring Hei-Kyung Hong, for Washington National Opera.
Giovanni Reggioli has served as assistant conductor and vocal coach at the Metropolitan Opera,New York City Opera, Juilliard Opera Center, the Maggio Musicale in Florence, the Donizetti Festival in Bergamo, the Barga Opera Festival and the Settimana Musicale Senese at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, working with such celebrated conductors as Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Chailly, Gerard Schwartz, Julius Rudel, Bruno Bartoletti, Edoardo Muller and Peter Maag. He also served as head coach and music administrator for Washington National Opera’s Vilar Young Artist Program from 2001 to 2004, working directly with Plácido Domingo. During his tenure there, he conducted the Operalia Gala, featuring Plácido Domingo, and the Washington Opera Gala, televised for PBS, working alongside Valery Giergiev.
A versatile musician, Maestro Reggioli has accompanied in recital such renowned opera singers as Renata Scotto, Shirley Verrett, Plácido Domingo, Cecilia Bartoli, Rolando Paneraï, Anna Moffo, Carlo Bergonzi and Jennifer Larmore.
He was the recipient of the conducting scholarship at the Laboratorio Lirico di Alessandria in Italy and the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship at the Juilliard School in New York in 1991, 1992, and 1993.
Giovanni Reggioli makes his home in Washington, DC with his wife Alizon and daughter Camilla.