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Vittorio Gui

Biography

Born: September 14, 1885; Rome, Italy   Died: October 16, 1975; Florence, Italy  
While lacking the celebrity of certain other more glamorous figures, Vittorio Gui was a conductor of exceptional gifts, a knowledgeable leader and supportive accompanist to the hundreds of singers whose careers were enhanced by his tutelage and care, and a vivid and musically sound conductor of the symphonic literature. During a long career, he helped establish one important music festival and greatly influenced another, even while appearing in Read more numerous other venues to great acclaim.

Gui was trained at Rome's Academy of Saint Cecilia, following piano instruction from his mother. Study in composition was accompanied by courses in the humanities at Rome University from which institution he obtained his degree. On short notice, Gui was summoned to take over a December 1907 performance of La Gioconda at the Teatro Adriano in his native city. The success he enjoyed led quickly to engagements at Turin and Naples. Within three years of his debut, Gui was appointed principal conductor at the San Carlo Opera in Naples. During this time, he also led a number of symphonic programs, most prominently at the 1911 Turin Exposition and, in 1912, at the Augusteo in Rome.

Gui's early achievements gave considerable luster to his name. Termed "a young Toscanini," he was celebrated for his meticulous preparation. Mastering a broad repertory of operatic and symphonic works, he invariably conducted from memory. In 1923, he was engaged by Toscanini to make his debut at La Scala in Strauss' Salome, therein being entrusted with the opening of the theatre's 1923 - 1924 season. In 1925, Gui was appointed music director of the Teatro Torino, instituting a regime of revitalized repertory and carefully restudied performance, and conducting many of the productions himself. An example of his intentions in managing the theatre came with a first-year revival of Rossini's L'italiana in Algeri featuring Conchita Supervia.

Three years into his work at Turin, Gui established the Orchestra Stabile in Florence, leading in 1933 to the beginning of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Also in 1933, Gui received an invitation from Bruno Walter to appear at Salzburg where he would become the festival's first Italian guest conductor. At Salzburg, he arrived with a reputation as not only a superb conductor of opera, but also as a symphonic director with particular abilities in the music of Debussy and Brahms.

Gui's warm relationship with the English public began with his debut at Covent Garden in 1938, when he conducted productions of Rigoletto, La bohème, and Tosca. Although his return there was delayed until a 1952 Norma with Callas and Stignani, he had followed wartime appearances in Vienna and Berlin with a debut at the Glyndebourne Festival in 1948. His sparkling manner and thorough preparation in both Mozart and Rossini made him a welcome part of that company. Assuming duties as music director in 1952 following the death of Fritz Busch, Gui remained at Glyndebourne until 1964 when he was approaching 80. Several recordings preserve his work, notably La Cenerentola, Le comte Ory (a brilliantly conducted, well cast production from 1952), Le nozze di Figaro from 1955 (with Jurinac, Bruscantini, and Stevens) and Il barbiere di Siviglia from 1962 (Bruscantini and de los Angeles).

Vittorio Gui also gained favorable comments for his composing. Writing in a neo-impressionistic style, he produced two operas of some merit, a symphonic poem, and several cantatas. Gui made substantial contributions to musicology as well, with numerous articles and editions of important scores. Read less
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  • 1.
    Maria Callas at Covent Garden 1962 & 1964
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 3770 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Mirto Picchi,  Ebe Stignani,  Giacomo Vaghi  ... 
    Conductor:  Vittorio Gui,  Georges Prêtre,  Carlo Felice Cillario
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    Verdi: Aida
    Label: Cetra   Catalog: 61433 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Giulietta Simionato,  Mario Filippeschi,  Antonio Massaria,  Giulio Neri  ... 
    Conductor:  Vittorio Gui
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Italian Radio Chorus Rome
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    Icon - Boris Christoff [11-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 829372 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Alexander N. Serov  ... 
    Performer:  Boris Christoff,  Serge Zapolsky,  Alexandre Labinsky,  Gaston Marchésini  ... 
    Conductor:  André Cluytens,  Féodor Potorjinsky,  Georges Tzipine,  Issay Dobrowen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris,  Féodor Potorjinsky Choir,  French National Radio Orchestra  ... 
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    Voices Of Italian Opera
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 40509 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Edita Gruberova,  Margherita Carosio,  Francesco Meli  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin,  Kurt Eichhorn,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Evelino Pidò  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Munich Radio Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Best Overtures 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27333 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Gianluigi Gelmetti,  Lamberto Gardelli,  Sir Colin Davis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    The Very Best Of Victoria De Los Angeles
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 679002 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Pietro Mascagni,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Alfredo Catalani  ... 
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles,  Jussi Björling,  Carlo del Monte,  Gerald Moore  ... 
    Conductor:  Gabriele Santini,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Tullio Serafin,  Giuseppe Morelli  ... 
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  • 7.
    Weber: Der Freischutz / Gui, Jurinac, Christoff, Albanese
    Label: Andromeda   Catalog: 5032 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber
    Performer:  Francesco Albanese,  Sena Jurinac,  Boris Christoff,  Sesto Bruscantini
    Conductor:  Vittorio Gui
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin,  Italian Radio Chorus Turin
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    Anita Cerquetti: A Vocal Portrait
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 93479 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gasparo Spontini,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Anita Cerquetti
    Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni,  Vittorio Gui,  Mario Rossi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Milan RAI Orchestra,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
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    Verdi: Falstaff / Evans, Ligabue, Carlin, Oncina, Rota
    Label: Glyndebourne Festival Opera   Catalog: 12 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Sesto Bruscantini,  Hugues Cuénod,  Ilva Ligabue,  Geraint Evans  ... 
    Conductor:  Vittorio Gui
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Rossini: La Cenerentola / Gabarain, Oncina, Bruscantini, Gui
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 28846 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Harvey Alan,  Alda Noni,  Marina de Gabarain,  Fernanda Cadoni  ... 
    Conductor:  Vittorio Gui
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus,  Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra
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    Rossini: La Cenerentola / Gui, Gabarain, Oncina, Bruscanti, Wallace
    Label: Widescreen   Catalog: 105 Release Date: 12/21/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Alda Noni,  Marina de Gabarain,  Fernanda Cadoni,  Sesto Bruscantini  ... 
    Conductor:  Vittorio Gui
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus,  Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra
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    Bellini: I Puritani / Sutherland, Filacuridi, Gui
    Label: Glyndebourne Festival Opera   Catalog: 9-60 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  Monica Sinclair,  David Ward,  Ernest Blanc,  Giuseppe Modesti  ... 
    Conductor:  Vittorio Gui
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Glyndebourne Chorus
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit: Boris Christoff, Vol. 4
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89734 Release Date: 04/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  Boris Christoff,  Jussi Björling,  Giulio Neri
    Conductor:  Vittorio Gui,  Georges Tzipine,  Jonel Perlea,  Gabriele Santini  ... 
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    Best Tenor Voices 100
    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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    The Very Best Of Glyndebourne On Record - Mozart, Britten, Verdi, Stravinsky, Monteverdi, Rossini, Lehar, Etc
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 64218 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  John Gay,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Benjamin Britten,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Redgrave,  Constance Willis,  Audrey Mildmay,  Roy Henderson  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Muddie,  Fritz Busch,  Reginald Goodall,  Sir Thomas Beecham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus,  Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra,  English Opera Group Orchestra  ... 
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    Claude Debussy: Pelleas Et Melisande / Denise Duval; Michel Roux
    Label: Glyndebourne Festival Opera   Catalog: 3-63 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk,  Anna Reynolds,  Denise Duval,  Guus Hoekman  ... 
    Conductor:  Vittorio Gui
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    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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    Icon - Victoria De Los Angeles - The Opera Singer
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 17308 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gioachino Rossini,  Pietro Mascagni,  Alfredo Catalani  ... 
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles,  Jussi Björling,  Boris Christoff,  Nicolai Gedda  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Morelli,  Stanford Robinson,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Gabriele Santini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  RCA Victor Orchestra  ... 
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    Il Mito Dell'opera - Franco Corelli
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 1208 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Umberto Giordano,  Giacomo Puccini,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Antonietta Stella,  Franco Corelli,  Giangiacomo Guelfi
    Conductor:  Franco Capuana,  Sir Alexander Gibson,  Antonino Votto,  Gabriele Santini  ... 
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  • 21.
    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro, Symphonies 38 & 39 / Gui
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 12955 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jeanette Sinclair,  Franco Calabrese,  Risë Stevens,  Graziella Sciutti  ... 
    Conductor:  Vittorio Gui
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra,  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
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    Graziella Sciutti: The Studio Recitals, 1953, 1955, 1956
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 372 Release Date: 09/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Graziella Sciutti,  Sena Jurinac,  Sesto Bruscantini,  Rise [Mezzo-Soprano Vocal] Stevens  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Dervaux,  Vittorio Gui,  Rudolf Moralt
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    Opera Treasure - From The Archives Of Emi 1936-1968
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56603 Release Date: 05/18/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Umberto Giordano,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Francesco Cilèa  ... 
    Performer:  Hélène Bouvier,  Mario Sereni,  Irene Companeez,  Mirella Freni  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Fourestier,  Gabriele Santini,  Antonino Votto,  Vittorio Gui  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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    Label: Myto Records   Catalog: 64120 Release Date: 02/27/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber
    Performer:  Anita Cerquetti,  Liliana Poli,  Nicoletta Panni,  Mirto Picchi  ... 
    Conductor:  Vittorio Gui
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    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro / Gui, Jurinac, Sciutti, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics For Pleasure   Catalog: 67710 Release Date: 01/23/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ian Wallace,  Jeanette Sinclair,  Gwyn Griffiths,  Risë Stevens  ... 
    Conductor:  Vittorio Gui
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra,  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
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