Anton Guadagno

Biography

Born: May 2, 1925; Catellammare del Golfo, Italy   Died: August 16, 2002; Vienna, Austria  
A beloved figure with the Wiener Staatsoper and Palm Beach Opera, conductor Anton Guadagno established his credentials as a singer's maestro and a shaper of convincing performances early in his career. Known as a sympathetic conductor in numerous opera recital recordings, he was an able collaborator on the short list of many star singers of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Guadagno began his formal studies at the Palermo Conservatory and later Read more undertook training at Rome's Accademia di Santa Cecilia in conducting and composition. At the age of 23, he was awarded first prize for conducting at Salzburg. Upon completion of his studies, he began his podium career conducting in South America, and later, Mexico. His first appearance in the United States (he later took American citizenship) came with an orchestral concert at Carnegie Hall in 1952. After several years devoted to conducting American musicals and leading symphony concerts and a season (1958-1959) as a Metropolitan Opera assistant conductor, Guadagno was appointed music director of the Philadelphia Lyric Opera in 1966. He remained in that position for six years while he continued to amass conducting credits with other opera organizations as well. He established a 30-year relationship with the Wiener Staatsoper as resident conductor in the Italian repertory. A London Drury Lane concert performance of Andrea Chénier in 1970 led to an invitation from Covent Garden for the following year. His Metropolitan Opera podium debut came on November 9, 1982, directing Un ballo in maschera. In 1984, Guadagno was engaged as music director by Florida's Palm Beach Opera. He remained a vital part of that organization until the occasion of his death, establishing himself, in addition, as a defining presence in the larger music community in southern Florida. Under Guadagno's leadership, the Palm Beach Opera gained international credibility as the conductor's reputation facilitated the engagement of leading singers for stage productions and concert performances. Among Guadagno's recordings are a number on which he conducts for leading artists heard on studio recitals. Several complete performances were captured live, notably the conductor's 1970 London debut in Andrea Chénier, a concert La Straniera with Caballé and a La forza del destino with Eileen Farrell and Franco Corelli. Read less
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    The Early Domingo
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 975792 Release Date: 08/26/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Jacques Halévy  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Georgetta Psaros,  John McCaw,  Franklyn Whiteley  ... 
    Conductor:  Edward Downes,  Nello Santi,  Sherrill Milnes,  James Levine  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir  ... 
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    The 50 Greatest Tracks / Luciano Pavarotti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001922802 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Nicolai Ghiaurov,  Malcolm King,  Robert Lloyd  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli,  Richard Bonynge,  Edward Downes  ... 
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    Montserrat Caballe Sings Verdi
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 371158 Release Date: 09/17/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Montserrat Caballé,  Lajos Kozma,  Maya Sunara,  Shirley Verrett
    Conductor:  Anton Guadagno,  Gianfranco Masini,  Georges Prêtre
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra,  RCA Italian Opera Orchestra
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    Montserrat Caballe - The Diva
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 548834 Release Date: 05/07/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Montserrat Caballé,  Maya Sunara,  Corinna Vozza,  Sherrill Milnes  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Anton Guadagno,  Carlo Felice Cillario,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra London,  RCA Italian Opera Orchestra,  RCA Italian Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Magic Verdi
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 282712 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Fiorenza Cossotto,  Martina Arroyo,  Piero Cappuccilli  ... 
    Conductor:  Efrem Kurtz,  Riccardo Muti,  Alberto Erede,  Anton Guadagno  ... 
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    Great Opera Duets
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 195437 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Georges Bizet,  Amilcare Ponchielli
    Performer:  Sherrill Milnes,  Placido Domingo
    Conductor:  Anton Guadagno
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    Icon / Luciano Pavarotti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001591602 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eduardo Di Capua,  Luigi Denza,  Giacomo Puccini,  Ernesto De Curtis  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti
    Conductor:  Giancarlo Chiaramello,  Anton Guadagno,  Herbert von Karajan,  Piero Gamba  ... 
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    Irma Gonzalez: En Vivo, 1945-1965
    Label: Urtext   Catalog: 189 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Pietro Mascagni,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Irma Gonzalez,  Placido Domingo,  Giuseppe Di Stefano,  Oralia Dominguez  ... 
    Conductor:  Oliviero de Fabritiis,  Salvador Ochoa,  Carlo Felice Cillario,  Anton Guadagno  ... 
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    Renata Tebaldi - Christmas Festival
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 455214 Release Date: 06/05/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Francis Wade,  Franz Schubert,  Alois Melichar,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Renata Tebaldi,  Sir George Thalben-Ball
    Conductor:  Anton Guadagno
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
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    Summertime - Beautiful Arias & Classical Songs
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001297102 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Friedrich von Flotow,  Paraire Tomoana,  Salvatore Cardillo  ... 
    Performer:  Huguette Tourangeau,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Renée Fleming,  François Rive  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge,  Jeffrey Tate,  Ian Dean,  Edoardo Müller  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Pro Arte Chorus,  Suisse Romande Chorus,  Suisse Romande Orchestra  ... 
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    Ave Maria
    Label: London/Decca Weekend Classics   Catalog: 421029 Release Date: 01/07/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Leontyne Price,  Peter White,  Felicity Palmer,  Erna Spoorenberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  George Guest,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Wyn Morris  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  Wren Orchestra  ... 
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    Puccini 2008 - Nessun Dorma / Callas, Te Kanawa, Carreras, Domingo, Alagna, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 17620 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Roberto Alagna,  Renata Scotto,  Alfredo Kraus,  Mario Sereni  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano,  James Levine,  Thomas Schippers,  Anton Guadagno  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Rome Opera Teatro Reale Orchestra  ... 
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  • 13.
    Domingo - Opera Duets With Milnes And Ricciarelli
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 62595 Release Date: 02/01/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Riccardo Zandonai  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Sherrill Milnes,  Katia Ricciarelli
    Conductor:  Anton Guadagno,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
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    Der Junge Domingo Vol 4 - Verdi
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 53345 Release Date: 01/03/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Katia Ricciarelli,  Sherrill Milnes,  Martina Arroyo  ... 
    Conductor:  Anton Guadagno,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni,  James Levine,  Nello Santi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    'O Sole Mio - Favourite Neapolitan Songs / Luciano Pavarotti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001001002 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Salvatore Gambardella,  Enrico Cannio,  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Eduardo Di Capua  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti
    Conductor:  Anton Guadagno,  Giancarlo Chiaramello
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus,  National Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Pavarotti: The Studio Albums
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001001702 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Friedrich v. Flotow  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Alberto Mantovani,  Andrea Griminelli,  Alberto Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Edward Downes,  Herbert von Karajan,  Leone Magiera,  Richard Bonynge  ... 
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    French Opera Masterworks
    Label: Bravissimo Opera Library   Catalog: 9802 Release Date: 10/16/2007   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Georges Bizet,  Charles Gounod,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Oralia Dominguez,  Jon Vickers,  Ernest Blanc,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean Fournet,  Sir Georg Solti,  Georges Prêtre,  Anton Guadagno  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Netherlands Radio Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus  ... 
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  • 18.
    Pavarotti Forever / Luciano Pavarotti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001017002 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Teodoro Cottrau,  Tommaso Giordani,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giacomo Meyerbeer  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  David Romano,  Frank Sinatra,  Andrea Bocelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Emerson Buckley,  Piero Gamba,  James Levine,  Oliviero de Fabritiis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    Eileen Farrell In New Orleans
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1260 Release Date: 01/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Amilcare Ponchielli
    Performer:  Ara Berberian,  Eileen Farrell,  Dino Dondi,  Lydia Neumann  ... 
    Conductor:  Renato Cellini,  Anton Guadagno
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Orleans Opera Orchestra,  New Orleans Opera Chorus
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    Ultimate Classics - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000766302 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Edvard Grieg,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Elgar Howarth,  Philip Jones,  Nigel Kennedy,  Dame Joan Sutherland  ... 
    Conductor:  George Guest,  Herbert von Karajan,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Mozart Ensemble
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  • 21.
    Grand Tier - Halevy: La Juive / Guadagno, Tucker, Et Al
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 7022 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jacques Halévy
    Performer:  John Noble,  Michelle Le Bris,  Richard Tucker,  David Gwynne  ... 
    Conductor:  Anton Guadagno
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Classic Library - Wagner: Arias & Scenes
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 76228 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Waltraud Meier,  Sherrill Milnes,  Ben Heppner,  Jan-Hendrik Rootering  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Anton Guadagno,  Sir Colin Davis,  Joseph Keilberth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus  ... 
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  • 23.
    Luciano Pavarotti - The Best - Farewell Tour
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000518302 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Michele Centonze  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Kameron Brown,  Roberto Rossi,  Piero Odorici  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge,  Edward Downes,  Stefano "Tellus" Nanni,  Rob Mathes  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Veri: Aida / Chiara, Cossotto, Martinucci, Et Al
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 2831 Release Date: 06/28/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Giuseppe Scandola,  Fiorenza Cossotto,  Carlo Zardo,  Maria Chiara  ... 
    Conductor:  Anton Guadagno
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verona Teatro Arena Chorus,  Verona Teatro Arena Orchestra
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    Classic Library - Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi / Caballe
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 62309 Release Date: 10/12/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Montserrat Caballé,  Ermanno Mauro,  Tom McDonnell,  Margreta Elkins  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Felice Cillario,  Anton Guadagno
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  RCA Italian Opera Orchestra,  RCA Italian Opera Chorus
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