Antonino Votto


Italian conductor Antonino Votto was a highly successful protégée of Arturo Toscanini. Votto rose to worldwide prominence in the 1950s largely on the strength of his numerous successful operatic recordings for EMI with popular soprano Maria Callas. But he also developed a reputation as one of the leading operatic conductors of his time owing to his many acclaimed performances at La Scala, in Milan, where he worked regularly for nearly two Read more decades.

Votto was born in Piacenza, Italy, on October 30, 1896. He enrolled at the Naples Conservatory for music studies and after graduation served as répétiteur at La Scala. He was also an assistant conductor there to Arturo Toscanini. In 1923 Votto made his official debut, leading a performance of Puccini's Manon Lescaut.

With occasional appearances at La Scala and other major operatic venues in Italy and abroad, Votto gradually built a reputation as the one of the most outstanding conductors of Italian opera of his time. In 1941 he began teaching at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan, the war limiting operatic activity in Italy and most parts of Europe. Over the years, his students included Claudio Abbado and Riccardo Muti.

Votto began conducting regularly at La Scala in 1948, though Victor de Sabata was the music director. In the recording studio and arguably in the live performances he led over the next two decades at La Scala, Votto would rival de Sabata, as well as his young successors there, Carlo Maria Giulini and Guido Cantelli.

Votto made a series of highly successful recordings in the 1950s with Callas, based on extravagant productions staged at La Scala with the iconic soprano. Their collaborations on Puccini's La bohčme (1956), Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera (1956), and Bellini's La Sonnambula (1957), for EMI, were enthusiastically received by both critics and public. Surpassing this imposing trio, many believe, were their two live recordings of Bellini's Norma and Giordano's Andrea Chenier, both from 1955.

Though Votto had debuted at Covent Garden in 1924 in performances of Puccini's Madama Butterfly and Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci, his American debut did not come until 1960, when he appeared at the Chicago Lyric Opera to conduct two Verdi staples, Aida and Don Carlo. Votto remained active at La Scala until 1967. In his remaining years he limited conducting appearances. Votto died in Milan on September 9, 1985. Read less
Bellini: Norma / Votto, Callas, Simionato, Del Monaco, Et Al
Release Date: 05/01/2005   Label: Idi  
Catalog: 6460   Number of Discs: 2
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Verdi: La Traviata / Scotto, Raimondi, Bastianini, Votto
Release Date: 06/12/2007   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 000894002   Number of Discs: 2
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Puccini: La Boheme / Votto, Scotto, Poggi, Gobbi, Meneguzzer
Release Date: 04/05/2011   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 435715   Number of Discs: 2
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Puccini: Tosca / Capnist, Corelli, Tagliabue, Votto
Release Date: 12/30/2008   Label: Hardy Classics  
Catalog: 4036   Number of Discs: 1
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Puccini: La Fanciulla Del West / Votto, Corelli, Gobbi, Frazzoni
Release Date: 05/29/2012   Label: La Scala  
Catalog: 4   Number of Discs: 2
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