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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    Gounod: Romeo et Juliette / Alagna, Gheorghiu
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109261 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod
    Performer:  Vratislav Kriz,  Roberto Alagna,  Ales Hendrych,  Angela Gheorghiu  ... 
    Conductor:  Anton Guadagno
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kühn Mixed Chorus,  Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
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    Gounod: Romeo et Juliette / Alagna, Gheorghiu [Blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109262 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod
    Performer:  Zdenek Harvánek,  Frantisek Zahradnicek,  Angela Gheorghiu,  Ales Hendrych  ... 
    Conductor:  Anton Guadagno
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kühn Mixed Chorus,  Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
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    Arena di Verona: The Golden Years
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: DYN-37732 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Conductor:  Anton Guadagno,  Maurizio Arena,  Oliviero de Fabritiis,  Donato Renzetti
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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,  Renato Bruson,  Kathleen Battle  ... 
    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 Prętre
    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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    Montserrat Caballe Sings Bellini & Verdi Arias
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 828722 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Montserrat Caballé,  Agostino Ferrin,  Julia Hamari,  Alfredo Kraus  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Anton Guadagno
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    Essential Opera Divas
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 234522 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Arleen [Soprano Vocal] Augér,  Patrizia Ciofi,  Véronique Gens,  Jessye Norman  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  Fabio Biondi,  Christophe Rousset,  Klaus Tennstedt  ... 
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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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    The Very Best Of Montserrat Caballe
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94792 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Pietro Mascagni,  Gioachino Rossini,  Joaquin Turina  ... 
    Performer:  Montserrat Caballé,  Thomas Allen,  Elisabeth Bainbridge,  Alexis Weissenberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Anton Guadagno,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Lamberto Gardelli  ... 
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    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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    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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    Zen Voices
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 28443 Release Date: 05/18/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Alfredo Catalani  ... 
    Performer:  Lambert Orkis,  Arleen [Soprano Vocal] Augér,  Barbara Hendricks,  Julia Varády  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim,  Laurence Equilbey,  Paavo Järvi,  Michel Plasson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cellos ensemble of the Orchestre de Paris,  Ensemble Matheus,  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris  ... 
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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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    Icon - Montserrat Caballe - Great Operatic Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 64845 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giacomo Meyerbeer  ... 
    Performer:  Montserrat Caballé,  Flora Rafanelli,  Giuseppe Baratti,  Bernabé Marti  ... 
    Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni,  Riccardo Muti,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Italian Radio Chorus Rome,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome  ... 
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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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  • 22.
    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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  • 25.
    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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