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Giovanni Reggioli

Conductor

Maestro Giovanni Reggioli is a critically acclaimed opera and orchestral conductor whose influence extends over five continents.

Among his many credits are positions in his home country of Italy at Teatro alla Scala, Teatro Rendano, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Accademia Guiseppe Verdi, and Orchestra da Camara di Firenze; in the United States at the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, New York City Opera, Manhattan School of Music, Delaware Opera, Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; in Canada at Opera de Québec, Orchestra Symphonique de Québec, and the National Arts Center Orchestra of Ottawa; in South America at Ópera de Caracas and Ópera de Colombia; and in Japan at the New National Theater.

Outstanding among Reggioli’s international credits are his many appearances in Australia, the first of which was at the podium of Opera Australia for Verdi’s Falstaff in 2006. He returned to conduct their productions of La traviata, Il trovatore, Nabucco, and Turandot (2007); La Bohème and Otello (2008); Rigoletto (2010); and Madama Butterfly (2012). He conducted Queensland Opera’s productions of Nabucco (2007) and Rigoletto (2009) and has led both Orchestra Victoria (2007) and Queensland Symphony Orchestra (2013). 2011 saw his first season as a guest coach at the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School in Brisbane, a relationship that continued until 2017.

During the 2018–2019 season, Reggioli will return to Washington National Opera as cover conductor for La traviata and Tosca. He first appeared as a conductor with the company in 2002, when he led La Bohème and Carmen. Additional credits include Don Giovanni (2003), La traviata and Manon Lescaut (2004), Samson et Dalila and I vespri siciliani (2005); the acclaimed season-opening double bill of Bluebeard’s Castle and Gianni Schicchi (2006), and Rigoletto (2008).

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 Metha, Riccardo Chailly, Gerard Schwartz, Julius Redel, Bruno Bartoletto, Edoardo Muller, and Peter Maag.  As head coach and music administrator of Washington National Opera’s Vilar Young Artist Program from 2001 to 2004, Reggioli worked directly with Plácido Domingo. During his tenure there, he conducted the Operalia Gala, featuring Domingo, and the Washington Opera Gala, televised nationally, working alongside Velery Giergiev.

Also a sought-after collaborative pianist, Reggioli has accompanied such renowned singers as Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo, Cecilia Bartoli, Anna Moffo, Paul Groves, Simon Estes, Sumi Jo, Rolando Paneraï, Luis Alva, Fedora Barbieri, Carlo Bergonzi, Denyce Graves, and Samuel Ramey.

Well-known for his nurturing of young voices, Reggioli has lent his talents as a coach and administrator to the Young Artist Programs of Teatro alla Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, and the New National Theater of Tokyo. He has lectured at The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music. As a coach, he has made regular appearances at the Caramoor festival in New York; the Renata Scotto International Vocal Academy in Florence, Italy; the Daniel Ferro Vocal Program in Greve, Italy; and the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School in Brisbane, Australia. He has served as a judge for the Melba Scholarship competition in Melbourne and for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in New York. He is now the regular Master Coach of Teatro Nuovo in New York and operates a private coaching studio in Washington D.C.

In 2016, Reggioli founded Bel Canto in Tuscany, a summer opera school dedicated to educating the next generation of great opera singers in the grand Italian tradition. Now in its third year, the program draws young artists and emerging professionals from around the world with its illustrious faculty and powerful reputation.  

Reggioli completed his studies at the Juilliard School, Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini, and Salzburg Mozarteum. He was awarded the conducting scholarship at the Bottega Lirica di Alessandria and the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship at the Juilliard School for three consecutive years. DVD recordings of his 2010 Rigoletto and 2012 Madama Butterfly with Opera Australia are available from Naxos.