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“I Pagliacci” and “Suor Angelica” with Opera Birmingham

“Giovanni Reggioli, who conducted the Alabama Symphony, was equally energetic, generating a fine accompaniment from the pit.” (Birmingham News, March 15, 2014)

 

Giovanni returns to Melbourne for a "sterling" Madama Butterfly

"Conductor Giovanni Reggioli shaped and paced the music skilfully and drew another sterling effort from Orchestra Victoria." (The Age, 16 November 2012)

"Giovanni Reggioli's conducting of Orchestra Victoria helps make this production sympathetic." (Herald Sun, 16 November 2012)

 

July 2011 - Giovanni's 'Tour de force' Rigoletto with Opera Australia now available on both CD, DVD & Blu-ray!

Heading a glittering international cast is baritone Alan Opie in a commanding performance as the tortured jester, with Emma Matthews taking on the role of Gilda and Paul O Neill as the lustful Duke. Conductor Giovanni Reggioli masterfully captures the luscious yet fragile tones of Verdi s much-loved score, with its feast of sublime singing. A classic opera for purists and first-timers alike!

 

Giovanni brings an "elegant and evocative" Rigoletto to Sydney!

"Audiences for the first half of the season had the benefit of the incomparably more persuasive Italian conducting know-how of Giovanni Reggioli." (Opera, January 2011)

"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, 27 September 2010)

"Conductor Giovanni Reggioli showed a sympathetic awareness of text, mood and pace as director Elijah Moshinsky’s production moved to its conclusion." (Village Voice, 22 September 2010)

 

A "delicious" and "expressive" Nozze di Figaro at the Manhattan School of Music

"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." (Opera News, May 2010)

"...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." (New York Daily News, 1 May 2010)

 

Giovanni Reggioli conducts ‘Tour de force’ Rigoletto

"Conductor Giovanni Reggioli brought his vast international experience to bear on the Queensland Orchestra who played perfectly under his baton. (Stage Whispers, Octobter 2009)

"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."  (Scene Magazine, October 2009)


Giovanni conducts Otello a "tempestuous" beat at Opera Australia

"Giovanni Reggioli shapes and paces the music to maintain momentum and musical sensitivity." (The Sunday Age, 23 November 2008)

"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." (The Sunday Herald Sun, 23 November 2008)

"…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." (Herald Sun, 21 November 2008)

"Giovanni Reggioli kept a tempestuous beat for Orchestra Victoria." (The Age, 20 November 2008)

 

Giovanni conducts Rigoletto at the Washington National Opera

"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." (ConcertoNet, 2 April 2008)

"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." (Baltimore Sun, 2 April 2008)

 

Giovanni conducts a "sparkling" evening at Ottawa's Black & White Opera Soirée

"The National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Opera Lyra Ottawa Chorus were under the direction of Giovanni Reggioli. The program opened with a sparkling account of the overture to Strauss's Die Fledermaus establishing the standard at which the orchrstra would play all evening." (Ottawa Citizen, 24 February 2008)

 

A "sprightly and atmospheric rendering" of La Bohème with Opera Australia

"Under Italian conductor Giovanni Reggioli, the orchestra breathed vitality and nuance." (Mosman Daily, 9 January 2008)

"The conductor, Giovanni Reggioli, allowed musical lines to float with an instinctive ear for dramatic pace and the result from the orchestra was well-shaped and rewarding." (Sydney Morning Herald, 7 January 2008)

"Maestro Giovanni Reggioli leads the AOBO through a sprightly and atmospheric rendering of Puccini's score." (Opera Critic, 4 January 2008)

 

Giovanni Reggioli "masterful stylist" conducting 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 News, October 2007)

Giovanni in Australia

Giovanni is in Australia for an extended period which includes performances of Verdi's La Traviata and Il Trovatore for Opera Australia as well as the company's New Year's Eve Gala and Turandot in the Park on Australia Day. While there he will also conduct a concert with Orchestra Victoria. See his performance calendar for more details.

Il Trovatore with sensitivity:

"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." (The Age, 23 April 2007)

"With Italian conductor Giovanni Reggioli driving the music in sweeping style, this show is a winner, especially for Verdi tragics." (Herald Sun, 24 April 2007)

"The orchestra is sensitively conducted by Giovanni Reggioli. The dynamics are carefully judged." (Australian Stage, 22 April 2007)

"Conductor Giovanni Reggioli kept the pace brisk, and all the big moments worked well. In all, a very satisfying evening." (Sunday Age, 29 April 2007)

 

Of Giovanni's conducting in 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, 12 January 2007)


Giovanni Reggioli  to Conduct Opening Night of the Washington National Opera 2006-2007 Season

September 14, 2006…Maestro Giovanni Reggioli, well-known to Washington audiences, has stepped in to replace Music Director Heinze Fricke to conduct the first production of the 2006-2007 WNO season which features Samuel Ramey in Bluebeard's Castle and Gianni Schicchi. Maestro Reggioli will also conduct the remaining performances on September 16, 20, 25, 28 and October 1, 3, 7.  Maestro Fricke regrettably has returned to Germany to consult his doctor about diabetic complications.

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Recent Accolades

Giovanni Reggioli conducts a "Pair of Aces": Bluebeard's Castle and Gianni Schicchi in Washington

"Giovanni Reggioli’s authoritative, consistently stylish conducting served both operas well, as did the orchestra’s technical solidity and expressive character.” (Opera, February 2007)

"[Giovanni Reggioli] effortlessly captured the lyrical beauty of [Gianni Schicchi], as well as the satire and humour." (Opera Now, March/April 2007)

"In both operas, the orchestra responded firmly and expressively to the assured, consistently stylish conducting of Giovanni Reggioli." (Opera News, December 2006)

"Giovanni Reggioli led the Washington National Opera Orchestra with sure lyricism and stage-to-pit synchronicity." (Washington Post, 18 September 2006)

"Capping the attractions is a sterling effort by the orchestra, astutely and stylishly led in both works by Giovanni Reggioli." (Baltimore Sun, 3 October 2006)

 

Giovanni Reggioli captures the spirit of Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia

"It was a classic Mozart opera turned into a quintessential bel canto showpiece, the concept of conductor Giovanni Reggioli….Reggioli imparted a polyrhythmic quality to the music and this, along with the luscious singing, brought a style that didn’t appear for at least two decades after Mozart’s death.” (Opera Now, January 2007)

"Reggioli achieved a spirited performance that breathed with stage action as well as Rossini's brilliant and difficult score. He never pandered to sentimentality or comic silliness, but delivered the work's frothiness as well as its musical substance." (Time Argus, 26 June 2006)

 

Giovanni Reggioli's "engrossing" debut conducting Opera Australia's Falstaff

“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, February 2006)

"In a production where cast members always have one eye on the slapstick and the other on the set they were trying not to fall off, the conductor, Giovanni Reggioli, controlled the difficult ensemble co-ordination and volatile changes of pace and mood with impressively professional discipline. He maintained the score's energy and momentum to engrossing effect with as much precision as one could reasonably expect." (Sydney Morning Herald, 16 January 2006)

"The whole merry evening's romp is held together by the music of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, superbly led by visiting Italian conductor Giovanni Reggioli." (The Mosman Daily, 9 February 2006)

 

L’Opéra de Québec’s Madame Butterfly

 

“The Orchestre symphonique de Québec, conducted by Giovanni Reggioli, offered every nuance of this dramatic music.” (ResMusica, 24 October 2005)

 

Conducting Saint-SaŽnsí s Samson et Dalila with the Washington National Opera

"From the intense, expansive way he shaped the sorrowful opening of the opera, it was clear that conductor Giovanni Reggioli would be a star of the production. His unflaggingly elegant phrasing and ear for subtle details paid off handsomely all night, revealing the soulful beauty in the score. Reggioli's classy effort was matched by refined, richly animated playing from the orchestra." (Opera News, August 2005)

 

 

Last Updated: March 25, 2014

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