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, and led performances of Falstaff with Opera Delaware. 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.
Opera Australia – Rigoletto
Audiences for the first half of the season had the benefit of the incomparably more persuasive Italian conducting know-how of Giovanni Reggioli.”
Far more fresh was Giovanni Reggioli’s sensitive conducting, which drew elegant and evocative playing from the AOBO…he supported [the singers] carefully, giving the orchestra space to soar without overpowering anybody on stage.”
The Opera Critic
Conductor Giovanni Reggioli showed a sympathetic awareness of text, mood and pace…”
Tom Pillans, Village Voice Drummoyne
Manhattan School of Music – Le nozze di Figaro
Conductor Giovanni Reggioli drew clean, expressive and full playing from the orchestra, with delicious attention to the inner voices and sensitive support for the singers.”
Joanne Sydney Lessner, Opera News Online
Which brings me back to Dona’s production, which is superbly conducted by Giovanni Reggioli. I have never heard the overture played with a more perfect blend of drive and verve. His tempi throughout conveyed the drama and sublimity of the music vividly.”
Howard Kissel, New York Daily News
Opera Queensland – Rigoletto
Conductor Giovanni Reggioli brought his vast international experience to bear on the Queensland Orchestra who played perfectly under his baton.”
The orchestra was under the baton of a true Italian master in Maestro Giovanni Reggioli and he brought the music to life with a touch that complemented the singing without overwhelming it. With music as powerful as Verdi’s, that isn’t easy and he did a great job… This was a wonderful production, and the singing and music were absolutely brilliant.”
Opera Australia – Otello
Giovanni Reggioli shapes and paces the music to maintain momentum and musical sensitivity.”
The Sunday Age
The Italian conductor Giovanni Reggioli is impressive, very supportive of his singers and he coaxes some beautiful playing from Orchestra Victoria, particularly from the strings and brass.”
Sunday Herald Sun
… But the most enjoyable part of this Otello is its stirring ensembles – its full-voiced, balanced choral work, underpinned by a strong Orchestra Victoria, led by Giovanni Reggioli.”
Giovanni Reggioli kept a tempestuous beat for Orchestra Victoria.”
Washington National Opera – Rigoletto
Maestro Giovanni Reggioli gave a well-paced and cohesive reading of this great warhorse. He is obviously a singer’s conductor and he accompanied the principals with great sensitivity, allowing them plenty of room for breath and expression. He exerted excellent control of the orchestra, producing a highly nuanced reading that conveyed Verdi’s multitudinous and heart-rending emotions.”
Conductor Giovanni Reggioli set an underlying pulse that drove the performance along with unusual force; even when he relaxed the tempos (and there were spots when a lot more relaxation would have been welcome), the tension could still be felt beneath. The singers seemed to thrive on this energy, producing considerable vocal heat as they got deep into the drama.”
PortOpera – Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Musical and dramatic clarity came together perfectly in PortOpera’s production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia (July 29) in Portland, Maine’s Merrill Auditorium. Giovanni Reggioli led a finely nuanced reading of the overture, using dynamic contrasts and variety of attack to impart a fresh, spontaneous feel to the familiar work. Keeping the strings slightly underbalanced while favoring the wind and brass choirs brought a distinctive color to the ensemble, historically appropriate to Rossini’s intentions.
Throughout the performance Reggioli showed himself a masterful stylist, working from memory and maintaining a flexible, attentive beat that kept him attuned to every vocal detail. The singers sounded relaxed and free, obviously comfortable in Reggioli’s sure hands; even Berta (strongly played by Alizon Hull) ornamented her repeats with idiomatic verve.”
Opera Australia – Il trovatore
It is the music that is the glory of this work. Giovanni Reggioli, conducting Orchestra Victoria, is sensitive to the musical moods and gives fine support to his singers.”
With Italian conductor Giovanni Reggioli driving the music in sweeping style, this show is a winner, especially for Verdi tragics.”
The orchestra is sensitively conducted by Giovanni Reggioli. The dynamics are carefully judged.”
Conductor Giovanni Reggioli kept the pace brisk, and all the big moments worked well. In all, a very satisfying evening.”
Opera Australia – La traviata
…the orchestral playing and chorus work throughout the night were fine, with sensitive clarinet colours in Act II, and a responsive well-balanced overall cohesion. Reggioli had a sound instinct for balancing control and forward movement with moments where a phrase or note was allowed to open out and drift free.”
Sydney Morning Herald
Washington National Opera – Bluebeard’s Castle and Gianni Schicchi
[Giovanni Reggioli] effortlessly captured the lyrical beauty of [Gianni Schicchi], as well as the satire and humour.”
In both operas, the orchestra responded firmly and expressively to the assured, consistently stylish conducting of Giovanni Reggioli.”
Giovanni Reggioli led the Washington National Opera Orchestra with sure lyricism and stage-to-pit synchronicity.”
Capping the attractions is a sterling effort by the orchestra, astutely and stylishly led in both works by Giovanni Reggioli”
|Bellini||I Capuleti e i Montecchi|
|Donizetti||Gli sposi per accidente|
|Donizetti||Lucia di Lammermoor|
|Mozart||Così fan tutte|
|Mozart||Le nozze di Figaro|
|Rossini||Il barbiere di Siviglia|
|Rossini||L’italiana in Algeri|
|Verdi||I Vespri Siciliani|
|Verdi||Un ballo in Maschera|
|Verdi||Un Giorno di Reono|