Antonino Votto

Biography

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 bohème (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
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  • 1.
    Giordano: Andrea Chenier / Callas, Votto, Teatro alla Scala
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 563892 Release Date: 09/15/2017  
    Composer:  Umberto Giordano
    Performer:  Lucia Danieli,  Maria Callas,  Maria Amadini,  Silvana Zanolli  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonino Votto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano,  Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano
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    Maria Callas Live & Alive: The Ultimate Live Collection Remastered
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 563841 Release Date: 09/15/2017  
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gasparo Spontini  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Renato Cioni,  Rolando Panerai,  Nicola Zaccaria  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Felice Cillario,  Herbert von Karajan,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni,  Oliviero de Fabritiis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano,  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin  ... 
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    Maria Callas Live Remastered Recordings 1949-1964 / Various
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 563467 Release Date: 09/15/2017   Number of Discs: 45
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Richard Wagner,  Gioachino Rossini,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Amalia Pini,  Maria Callas,  Gino Bechi,  Gino Sinimberghi  ... 
    Conductor:  Vittorio Gui,  Erich Kleiber,  Oliviero de Fabritiis,  Tullio Serafin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Italian Radio Chorus Rome  ... 
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    Spontini: La Vestale (Milano, 12/7/1954) / Callas
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 563904 Release Date: 09/15/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gasparo Spontini
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Ebe Stignani,  Nicola Rossi-Lemeni,  Franco Corelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonino Votto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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  • 5.
    Insolita / Tebaldi, Various
    Label: Hardy Classics   Catalog: 6021 Release Date: 07/28/2017   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Richard Wagner,  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Rolando Panerai,  Carlo Bergonzi,  Renata Tebaldi,  Giulio Scarenci  ... 
    Conductor:  Alfredo Simonetto,  Karl Böhm,  Antonino Votto,  Guido Cantelli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan RAI Orchestra,  Milan RAI Chorus,  Naples Teatro San Carlo Orchestra  ... 
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  • 6.
    Stars Der Oper
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 38 Release Date: 04/21/2015   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Beniamino Gigli,  Giuseppe de Luca,  Amelita Galli-Curci,  Ezio Pinza  ... 
    Conductor:  Rosario Bourdon,  Giulio Setti,  Bruno Reibold,  Bruno Seidler-Winkler  ... 
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    Ponchielli: La Gioconda / Votto, Callas, Cossotto, Cappuccilli
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 634080 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Amilcare Ponchielli
    Performer:  Fiorenza Cossotto,  Irene Companeez,  Pier Miranda Ferraro,  Ivo Vinco  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonino Votto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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    Maria Callas Remastered - Complete Studio Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 633991 Release Date: 09/23/2014   Number of Discs: 70
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Richard Wagner,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Gianni Poggi,  Fedora Barbieri,  Paolo Silveri  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Basile,  Antonino Votto,  Gabriele Santini,  Tullio Serafin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin,  Italian Radio Chorus Turin,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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    Puccini: La Boheme / Votto, Callas, Di Stefano, Panerai
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 634107 Release Date: 09/23/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Rolando Panerai,  Anna Moffo,  Manuel Spatafora,  Nicola Zaccaria  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonino Votto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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    Pure / Callas
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 633994 Release Date: 09/23/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Giacomo Puccini,  Alfredo Catalani,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Francesco Albanese,  Nadine Sautereau,  Jane Berbié
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin,  Gabriele Santini,  Victor De Sabata,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
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    Giacomo Puccini: La Boheme
    Label: Saifam (Usa)   Catalog: 1003 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Rolando Panerai,  Giuseppe Di Stefano,  Nicola Zaccaria
    Conductor:  Antonino Votto
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    Verdi: La Forza Del Destino
    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: 22315 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Georges Bizet,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano,  Leyla Gencer,  Stefania Malagú,  Franco Calabrese  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonino Votto
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    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 4645619 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Conductor:  Antonino Votto
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  • 14.
    Maria Callas Sings Verdi
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 668 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Maria Callas
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin,  Antonino Votto,  Herbert von Karajan
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    Giuseppe Verdi: Il Trovatore
    Label: Myto Records   Catalog: 314 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Giuseppe Modesti
    Conductor:  Antonino Votto
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    Maria Callas - The Live Recitals
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 59794 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Léo Delibes,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Nicola Rescigno,  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Jeffrey Tate
    Conductor:  Oliviero de Fabritiis,  Georges Prêtre,  Nicola Rescigno,  Alfredo Simonetto  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  ORTF National Orchestra,  Dallas Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 17.
    Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani / Votto, Protti, Roberti, Ferraro, Clabassi
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 60 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Aldo Protti,  Pier Miranda Ferraro,  Margherita Roberti,  Plinio Clabassi  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonino Votto
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    Puccini: La Fanciulla Del West / Votto, Corelli, Gobbi, Frazzoni
    Label: La Scala   Catalog: 4 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Pier Luigi Latinucci,  Nicola Zaccaria,  Vittorio Tatozzi,  Maria Amadini  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonino Votto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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    Spontini: La Vestale / Votto, Callas, Corelli, Sordello
    Label: La Scala   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gasparo Spontini
    Performer:  Enzo Sordello,  Nicola Rossi-Lemeni,  Ebe Stignani,  Franco Corelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonino Votto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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  • 20.
    The Callas Effect [2 CDs + DVD]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 84356 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Léo Delibes  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Renato Ercolani,  Carlo Forti
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin,  Franco Ghione,  Georges Prêtre,  Nicola Rescigno  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Lisbon San Carlos National Theater Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    The Callas Effect [Standard Edition]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 84362 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Léo Delibes  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Renato Ercolani,  Carlo Forti
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin,  Franco Ghione,  Georges Prêtre,  Nicola Rescigno  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Lisbon San Carlos National Theater Orchestra  ... 
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  • 22.
    100 Best Tenor Voices
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 06701 Release Date: 10/06/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni,  Francesco Cilèa,  Umberto Giordano,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Franco Corelli,  Corinna Vozza,  Adriana Lazzarini,  Rolando Villazón  ... 
    Conductor:  Gabriele Santini,  Marcello Viotti,  Umberto Berrettoni,  Alain Lombard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Munich Radio Orchestra,  Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    Prima Voce - Giuseppe Di Stefano Sings Verdi & Puccini
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7957 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano,  Maria Callas,  Melchiorre Luise,  Anna Maria Canali  ... 
    Conductor:  Victor De Sabata,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni,  Renato Cellini,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
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  • 24.
    The Record of Singing Vol 5 - From the LP to the Digital Era
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 28949 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Jacques Offenbach,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk,  Luciana Serra,  Neil Shicoff,  Alain Vanzo  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  Sylvain Cambreling,  Georges Prêtre,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Orchestra,  Paris Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    100 Best Tenor Arias
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 242720 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Wagner,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Siegfried Jerusalem,  Peter Haage  ... 
    Conductor:  Jacques Delacôte,  Berislav Klobucar,  Bernard Haitink,  Heinz Wallberg  ... 
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