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Antonello Allemandi


Antonello Allemandi has established himself as one of his generation's most interesting conductors. His extraordinary international career has brought him to perform on the world's most prestigious concert stages and opera houses including Teatro alla Scala, Wiener Staastoper, Opéra Bastille and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Metropolitan, Covent Garden, Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Bayerische Staasoper in Münich, Teatro Real in Madrid, Liceu in Barcelona, Bunka Kaikan and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Teatro Regio and Festival Verdi in Parma and Festival de Santander, just to name a few.

From 1992 to 1997 he was the Musical Director of the Orchestre Colonne in Paris, the most ancient French Symphony Orchestra. He also conducted the Nouvelle Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, the Orchestre National de Lille, the Orchestre de Montecarlo, and the Orchestre des Pays de la Loire. In Italy he appeared on the podium of the Orchestra RAI in Torino, the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Orchestra "Giuseppe Verdi" and the Orchestra "I pomeriggi musicali" in Milan. 

During the Centennial celebrations of Verdi's death he conducted the "Maratona Verdiana" (from Nabucco to Falstaff) at the Festival of San Sebastian and Nabucco at the Arènes de Nîmes.

He also conducted important productions of La traviata, Il trovatore, Il barbiere di Siviglia, L'elisir d'amore and I puritani at the Wiener Staatsoper, L'Italiana in Algeri at the Teatro alla Scala, Un ballo in maschera and Tosca at the Opéra National de Paris, Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Covent Garden, Il pirata, Werther and Tosca at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, La traviata, Carmen, Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci in Köln, L'italiana in Algeri and La traviata at the Bayerische Staasoper in Munich, Don Carlo at the Teatro Real in Madrid (for Verdi centenary celebration), Lucia di Lammermoor at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, at the Liceu de Barcelona and in Rome, La cenerentola at the Metropolitan in New York and at Hamburgische Staatsoper, La Gazzetta and Il turco in Italia at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Il trovatore, Tosca and Aida at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, and Turandot at the New National Theatre in Tokyo.

He opened the 2011-12 season conducting Turandot in Moscow, followed by Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci in Mumbai and L'elisir d'amore at the Staatsoper in Berlin. Among his future plans are L'elisir d'amore at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile, La Cenerentola at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Anna Bolena at Washington National Opera (September 2012), Madama Butterfly at the Staatsoper in Berlin, and Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Opéra de Lille and at the San Diego Opera.

His discography includes the first recording of Donizetti's Alina and the recordings of Le convenienze e le inconvenienze teatrali, Elvida, Francesca di Foix for the Opera Rara label, Mercadante's Maria Stuarda for Opera Rara UK, Verdi's Ernani (Cd and Dvd) for the Dynamic Italy, Simon Boccanegra live recording from Festival of Santander (2003) and Rossini's Il turco in Italia (cd and dvd for Dymaic) live from Rossini Opera Festival di Pesaro.

In Bilbao, where he led thirty different opera productions, he received the "Médaille d'or" in occasion of the 50th anniversary of the ABAO. Born in Milan, he made his debut at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, when he was just twenty-one years old.

March 2012
Antonello Allemandi