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Paolo Gavanelli

Biography

Country: Italy  
Paolo Gavanelli began establishing himself as a major international star operatic baritone before 1990. He is especially valued as a dramatic baritone in Verdi roles. He had a series of impressive debuts to start his career. After his initial performance at Brescia (where he sang Leporello in Mozart's Don Giovanni in 1985) within the next five years he made first appearances at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York (as Count de Luna in Il Read more trovatore), at Teatro alla Scala in Milan (as Giorgio Germont in La traviata), at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich (as Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera) and at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice (as Marcello in La bohčme.

He has sung frequently at the San Francisco Opera since his first appearance there in 1991 in Andrea Chénier. Other prominent roles in his repertory include Riccardo in I Puritani, Rodrigo in Don Carlos, Amonasro in Aida, Barnaba in La Gioconda, Iago in Otello, Alfio in Cavalleria rusticana, Sharpless in Madame Butterfly, Valentin in Faust, and the title roles in Falstaff and Nabucco. Other important venues where he has appeared in opera include the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Arena di Verona, the Paris National Opera, and the New National Theater in Tokyo.

Of his 1998 performance as Nabucco at the New National Theater in Tokyo, critic Simon Holledge wrote that "Paolo Gavanelli justified the evening," and Charles Osborne said his Covent Garden Falstaff in January 2001 showed him to be "...surely the finest exponent of the role to be heard at Covent Garden since Tito Gobbi."

He has recorded Nabucco, La bohčme, Beatrice di Tenda, Poliuto, and Alzira. Read less
Browse 1-19 of 19 Available Recordings
  • 1.
    Verdi Opera DVD 4-Pack
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4989 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Bruce Martin,  Jonathan Summers,  Elizabeth Connell,  Bryn Terfel  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Felice Cillario,  Bernard Haitink,  Carlo Rizzi,  Edward Downes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australian Opera Chorus,  Victoria State Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra  ... 
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  • 2.
    Essential Opera Collection [19 DVDs]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 6000 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 19
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Ruggero Raimondi,  Daniela Dessi,  Fabio Armiliato,  Lorenzo Regazzo  ... 
    Conductor:  Maurizio Benini,  Victor Pablo Pérez,  Sylvain Cambreling,  Edward Downes  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Teatro Real Orchestra,  Madrid Teatro Real Chorus,  Paris National Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 3.
    Verdi: Rigoletto / Downes, Alvarez, Schafer, Gavanelli
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 6005 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Paolo Gavanelli,  Marcelo Alvarez,  Peter Auty,  Christine Schäfer  ... 
    Conductor:  Edward Downes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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  • 4.
    Bellini: Beatrice Di Tenda /   Luisi,   Aliberti, Capasso, Gavanelli
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94679 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  Camille Capasso,  Lucia Aliberti,  Paolo Gavanelli,  Martin Thompson  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
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  • 5.
    The Verdi Edition - 12 Great Operas
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1105 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Gwynne Howell,  Peter Hoare,  Bryn Terfel,  Kenneth Tarver  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Carlo Rizzi,  Edward Downes,  Antonio Ros-Marbá  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra  ... 
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  • 6.
    Verdi: The Complete Works
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001806202 Release Date: 03/05/2013   Number of Discs: 75
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Maria Guleghina,  Samuel Ramey,  Violeta Urmana,  Sara Fulgoni  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Lamberto Gardelli,  James Levine,  Richard Bonynge  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  London Voices,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 7.
    Andrea Bocelli - The Complete Opera Edition [18 CD-Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001769302 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet,  Umberto Giordano,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Paolo Gavanelli,  Barbara Frittoli,  Andrea Bocelli,  Mario Luperi  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Myung-Whun Chung,  Marco Armiliato,  Steven Mercurio  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus  ... 
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  • 8.
    Essential Puccini
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 07139 Release Date: 02/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Alfredo Kraus,  Mirella Freni,  Nicolai Gedda,  Roberto Alagna  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Thomas Schippers,  Antonio Pappano,  Anton Guadagno  ... 
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  • 9.
    Passione - Opera For Lovers
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 149522 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Otto Nicolai,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Sylvia Geszty,  Evelyn Lear,  Thomas Stewart,  Hanne-Lore Kuhse  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Heinz Fricke,  Otmar Suitner,  Siegfried Kurz  ... 
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  • 10.
    Verdi: Rigoletto / Downes, Alvarez, Schafer, Royal Opera House Covent Garden
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 830 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Paolo Gavanelli,  Marcelo Alvarez,  Christine Schäfer
    Conductor:  Edward Downes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 11.
    Label: Farao   Catalog: 108070 Release Date: 01/29/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Paolo Gavanelli,  Dieter Miserre,  Heike Grötzinger,  Piotr Beczala  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
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  • 12.
    The Essential Jose Carreras
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 721358 Release Date: 01/15/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Rodgers,  José Feliciano,  Richard Strauss,  N. Alvarez Solar-Quintes  ... 
    Performer:  Sarah Kingley,  Juliet Midgley,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  José Carreras  ... 
    Conductor:  Jonathan Tunick,  Steven Mercurio,  Joan Casas,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 13.
    Verdi: Il Trovatore, Falstaff, Rigoletto
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 980 Release Date: 06/26/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  José Cura,  Verónica Villarroel,  Dmitri Hvorostovsky,  Gweneth-Ann Jeffers  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi,  Bernard Haitink,  Edward Downes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 14.
    Gemini - Puccini: La Bohčme / Gelmetti, Dessi, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 76921 Release Date: 02/21/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Daniela Dessi,  Adelina Scarabelli,  Paolo Gavanelli,  Carlo Colombara  ... 
    Conductor:  Gianluigi Gelmetti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus
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  • 15.
    Verdi: Alzira / Luisi, Mescheriakova, Vargas
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 464628 Release Date: 09/18/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Slobodan Stankovic,  Ramón Vargas,  Paolo Gavanelli,  Jovo Reljin  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Geneva Grand Theatre Chorus
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  • 16.
    Puccini: La Bohčme / Mehta, Bocelli, Frittoli, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 464060 Release Date: 11/07/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Barbara Frittoli,  Andrea Bocelli,  Mario Luperi,  Eva Mei  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 17.
    Bellini: Beatrice Di Tenda / Fabio Luisi, Lucia Aliberti
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1042 Release Date: 02/13/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  Lucia Aliberti,  Paolo Gavanelli,  Camille Capasso,  Martin Thompson  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
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  • 18.
    An Enchanted Evening With Jose Carreras
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 53296 Release Date: 02/09/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Umberto Giordano,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Eduardo Toldrá  ... 
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Eva Martón,  József Gregor,  Benedek Héja  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Giuseppe Patané,  Oleg Caetani  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir  ... 
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  • 19.
    Donizetti: Poliuto / Caetani, Carreras, Ricciarelli, Pons
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 44821 Release Date: 11/20/1989   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Katia Ricciarelli,  Juan Pons,  László Polgár,  Harry Peeters  ... 
    Conductor:  Oleg Caetani
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Singakademie
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