Nicola Rescigno

Biography

Born: May 28, 1916; New York, NY   Died: August 4, 2008; Viterbo, Italy  
Nicola Rescigno was an acclaimed American conductor of opera. It wasn't just his insightful interpretations and brilliant baton technique that he is remembered for. It is that Rescigno presented Maria Callas to the American operatic world and regularly performed and recorded with her and he also co-founded the Chicago Lyric Opera and the Dallas Opera. Moreover, many other front-rank opera stars debuted in the U.S. under his aegis, including Read more Domingo, Vickers, Franco Zeffirelli, Sutherland, Caballé, Teresa Berganza, and Magda Olivero. There is little doubt that Rescigno was one of the most influential figures in American opera from the latter half of the twentieth century. He was in his element in the classic Italian operas, particularly those of Verdi, Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini, and Puccini, but he also led operas by Handel and Mozart, as well as contemporary operas. Rescigno made countless recordings, many still available on Decca, EMI, DG, and reissue labels like Opera D'oro, Bella Voce, and Melodram.

Rescigno was born in New York City on May 28, 1916. Discouraged from studying music by his father, a trumpeter with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, he went to Italy to study law, but returned to enroll at Juilliard. He eventually studied with three prominent composers: Vittorio Giannini, Ildebrando Pizzetti, and Giorgio Polacco.

Rescigno's official debut came in 1943 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where he led a performance of La Traviata. He steadily built his career thereafter, working first in smaller opera houses. By the early '50s he was an international figure on the opera scene. He co-founded (with Lawrence V. Kelly and Carol Fox) the Chicago Lyric Opera in 1953, and then served as its music director (1954-1956).

In 1957 he co-founded (again with Kelly) the Dallas Opera, initially called the Dallas Civic Opera, serving as principal conductor and artistic director until 1990. Except for Callas, whom he introduced to the U.S. in Chicago in 1953, it was in Dallas that Rescigno oversaw the U.S. debuts of so many opera stars, including Domingo and Sutherland.

Rescigno's debut at the Met came relatively late in his career -- 1978 -- when he led a performance of Donizetti's Don Pasquale, with Beverly Sills among the principals. With the appointment of Plato Karayanis as general director of the Dallas Opera in 1977, Rescigno gradually became disenchanted with the progressive changes Karayanis introduced. Rescigno departed in 1990 and spent most of his remaining years in Viterbo, Italy. Read less

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Born: May 28, 1916; New York, NY   Died: August 4, 2008; Viterbo, Italy  
Nicola Rescigno was an acclaimed American conductor of opera. It wasn't just his insightful interpretations and brilliant baton technique that he is remembered for. It is that Rescigno presented Maria Callas to the American operatic world and regularly performed and recorded with her and he also co-founded the Chicago Lyric Opera and the Dallas Opera. Moreover, many other front-rank opera stars debuted in the U.S. under his aegis, including Read more
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Aida, Act I (2007 - Remaster): Ritorna vincitor
Aida, Act I (2007 - Remaster): Ritorna vincitor
"Ah! Finalmente!"
"E sempre lava!" - "Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae" - "Che fai?"
"Dammi i colori!" - "Recondita armonia" (Aria)
Voi! Cavaradossi!
"Mario! Mario! Mario!" "Son qui!" - "Mia gelosa!"
"E buona la mia Tosca" - "Siam soli?"
"Sommo giubilo, Eccelenza!"
"Un tal baccano in chiesa! Bel rispetto!"
Or tutto è chiaro ... Mario? Mario?
"Tre sbirri... Una carozza... Presto" - Te Deum
"Tosca è un buon falco!"
"Ha più forte sapore" - "Spoletta è giunto"
O galantuomo, come andò la caccia?
Ov'è Angelotti? ... Ed or fra noi parliam
"Sciarrone: che dice il cavalier?"
"Orsù, Tosca, parlate." - "Mario, consenti ch'io parli?"
"Floria..." - "Amore..."
Vittoria! Vittoria!
Quanto? Quanto? Il prezzo!
"Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore"
Chi è là?
"Io tenni la promessa..." - "E qual via scegliete?" - "Tosca, finalmente mia!"
Prelude - "Io de' sospiri"
"Mario Cavaradossi?" - "A voi"
"E lucevan le stelle"
"Franchigia a Floria Tosca"
O dolci mani! ... L'ora! Son pronto!
"Come è lunga l'attesta!"
"Presto, su! Mario!"
Lucia di Lammermoor, Act I, Scena prima: Cruda, funesta smania ... (Enrico/Normanno/Raimondo)
Lucia di Lammermoor, Act I, Scena seconda: Regnava nel silenzio alta la notte e bruna (Lucia/Alisa)
Lucia di Lammermoor, Act I, Scena seconda: Quando, rapito in estasi (Lucia)
Lucia di Lammermoor, Act I, Scena seconda: Sulla tomba che rinserra il tradito genitore (Edgardo/Lucia)
Lucia di Lammermoor, Act I, Scena seconda: Qui di sposa eterna fede ... Ah, soltanto il nostro foco (Edgardo/Lucia)
Lucia di Lammermoor, Act I, Scena seconda: Verrano a te sull'aura i miei sospiri ardenti (Lucia/Edgardo)
Lucia di Lammermoor, Act II, Scena prima: Soffriva nel pianto ... Une folle t'accese (Lucia/Enrico)
Lucia di Lammermoor: Che fia?...Se tradirmi tu portrai...Tu che vedi il pianto mio (Lucia/Enrico)
Lucia di Lammermoor, Act II, Scena seconda: Per te d'immenso giubilo ... Per poco fra la tenebre (Coro/Arturo)
Lucia di Lammermoor, Act II, Scena seconda: Chi mi frena in tal momento (Edgardo/Enrico/Lucia/Raimondo/Arturo/Alisa/Coro)
Lucia di Lammermoor: Oh, giusto cielo!...Il dolce suono...Ardon gli incensi...(Lucia/Raimondo/Normanno/Coro)
Lucia di Lammermoor, Act III, Scena seconda: Spargi d'amaro pianto (Raimondo/Enrico/Coro/Lucia)
Lucia di Lammermoor, Act III, Scena terza: Fra poco a me ricovero darà negletto avello (Edgardo)
Lucia di Lammermoor, Act III, Scena terza: Tu che a Dio spiegasti l'ali (Coro/Edgardo/Raimondo)
Madama Butterfly: Act I, "E soffitto e pareti" (Pinkerton, Goro)
Madama Butterfly: Act I, "Questa è la cameriera" (Goro, Pinkerton, Suzuki, Sharpless)
Madama Butterfly: Act I, "Dovunque al mondo" (Pinkerton, Sharpless)
Madama Butterfly: Act I, "Ed è bella la sposa...Amore o grillo" (Sharpless, Goro, Pinkerton, Chorus)
Madama Butterfly: Act I, "Ancora un passo or via" (Butterfly, Chorus, Sharpless, Pinkerton)
Madama Butterfly: Act I, "Nessuno si confessa" (Butterfly, Chorus, Pinkerton, Sharpless, Goro)
Madama Butterfly: Act I, "Che burletta la sfilata" (Pinkerton, Chorus, Butterfly, Goro, Sharpless)
Madama Butterfly: Act I, "Vieni, amor mio!" (Pinkerton, Butterfly, Goro)
Madama Butterfly: Act I, "Ieri son salita" (Butterfly , Goro, Commissioner, Chorus, Pinkerton, Sharpless, Bonze)
Madama Butterfly: Act I, "Bimba, bimba, non piangere" (Pinkerton, Butterfly, Suzuki)
Madama Butterfly: Act I, "Quest'obi pomposa...Vogliatemi bene" (Butterfly, Pinkerton)
Madama Butterfly: Act II, "E Izaghi e Izanami" (Suzuki, Butterfly)
Madama Butterfly: Act II, "Un bel dì vedremo" (Butterfly)
Madama Butterfly: Act II, "C'è. Entrate" (Goro, Sharpless, Butterfly, Yamadori)
Madama Butterfly: Act II, "Ora a noi" (Sharpless, Butterfly)
Madama Butterfly: Act II, "Due cose potrei far" (Butterfly, Sharpless)
Madama Butterfly: Act II, "Io scendo al piano" (Sharpless, Butterfly, Suzuki, Goro)
Madama Butterfly: Act II, "Il cannone del porto!" (Suzuki, Butterfly)
Madama Butterfly: Act II, "Scuoti quella fronda" (Butterfly, Suzuki)
Madama Butterfly: Act II, "Or vienmi ad adornar" (Butterfly, Suzuki)
Madama Butterfly: Act II, "Humming Chorus" (Chorus)
Madama Butterfly: Act II, "Intermezzo" (Orchestra)
Madama Butterfly: Act II, "Già il sole!" (Suzuki, Butterfly)
Madama Butterfly: Act II, "Zitta! Zitta! Non la destar" (Pinkteron, Suzuki, Sharpless)
Madama Butterfly: Act II, "Lo so che alle sue pene" (Sharpless, Pinkerton, Suzuki)
Madama Butterfly: Act II, "Addio fiorito asil" (Pinkerton, Sharpless, Kate)
Madama Butterfly: Act II, "Suzuki, Suzuki! Dove sei?" (Butterfly, Suzuki, Sharpless, Kate)
Madama Butterfly: Act II, "Con onor muore" (Butterfly, Pinkerton)
Puccini: Tosca / Act 1 - "Ah! Finalmente!"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 1 - "E sempre lava!" - "Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae" - "Che fai?"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 1 - "Dammi i colori!" - "Recondita armonia" (Aria)
Puccini: Tosca / Act 1 - Voi! Cavaradossi!
Puccini: Tosca / Act 1 - "Mario! Mario! Mario!" "Son qui!" - "Mia gelosa!"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 1 - "E buona la mia Tosca" - "Siam soli?"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 1 - "Sommo giubilo, Eccelenza!"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 1 - "Un tal baccano in chiesa! Bel rispetto!"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 1 - Or tutto è chiaro ... Mario? Mario?
Puccini: Tosca / Act 1 - "Tre sbirri... Una carozza... Presto" - Te Deum
Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - "Tosca è un buon falco!"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - "Ha più forte sapore" - "Spoletta è giunto"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - O galantuomo, come andò la caccia?
Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - Ov'è Angelotti? ... Ed or fra noi parliam
Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - "Sciarrone: che dice il cavalier?"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - "Orsù, Tosca, parlate." - "Mario, consenti ch'io parli?"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - "Floria..." - "Amore..."
Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - Vittoria! Vittoria!
Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - Quanto? Quanto? Il prezzo!
Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - "Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - Chi è là?
Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - "Io tenni la promessa..." - "E qual via scegliete?" - "Tosca, finalmente mia!"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 3 - Prelude - "Io de' sospiri"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 3 - "Mario Cavaradossi?" - "A voi"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 3 - "E lucevan le stelle"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 3 - "Franchigia a Floria Tosca"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 3 - O dolci mani! ... L'ora! Son pronto!
Puccini: Tosca / Act 3 - "Come è lunga l'attesta!"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 3 - "Presto, su! Mario!"
Don Giovanni (1987 Digital Remaster), Scena quarta: Non mi dir, bell'idol mio (Donna Anna)
Don Giovanni K527 (1987 Digital Remaster): Non mi dir: master class
Don Giovanni K527 (1987 Digital Remaster): Crudele?...Non mir dir
Puccini: Tosca / Act 3 - "E lucevan le stelle"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 3 - "E lucevan le stelle"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 3 - "E lucevan le stelle"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 3 - "E lucevan le stelle"


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