His sense of drama, his instinctive lyricism and his evocative command of different styles and composers have made Roberto Abbado one of the most appreciated orchestra conductors of his generation. Roberto Abbado studied orchestra conducting under Franco Ferrara at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice and at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia.
He is Musical Director at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia and has conducted the Concertgebouworkest, the Wiener Symphoniker, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre de Paris, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Gewandhausorchester, the NDR Sinfonieorchester, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, the Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, to name a few.
Roberto Abbado has conducted numerous new opera productions and world premieres, including Fedora and Ernani at the Met; La Gioconda, Lucia di Lammermoor, La donna del lago at La Scala; Aida and La traviata at the Bayerische Staatsoper; Le Comte Ory, Attila, I lombardi alla prima crociata, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Phaedra and Anna Bolena at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. He has recently interpreted La favorite at the Salzburg Festival, and has conducted Don Pasquale, Samson et Dalila, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and I vespri siciliani, at the Palau de les Arts, Lucia di Lammermoor at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Norma at Turin’s Teatro Regio, Macbeth and Parsifal at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Rigoletto at the Met, Simon Boccanegra in Hong Kong on a tour with the Teatro Regio, Benvenuto Cellini at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and Norma at the Teatro Real in Madrid.
A passionate interpreter of contemporary music, Abbado’s repertoire includes composers like Luciano Berio, Salvatore Sciarrino, Luca Francesconi, Pascal Dusapin, Henri Dutilleux, Olivier Messaien, Hans Werner Henze, John Adams. Some of his most appreciated DC and DVD recordings include I Capuleti e i Montecchi (BBC Magazine “Best Recording of the Year”), Tancredi, Don Pasquale, Turandot, Verismo Arias with Mirella Freni, L’Amour and Arias for Rubini with Juan Diego Flórez, Bel Canto (“Echo Klassic Deutscher Schallplattenpreis” 2009) with Elina Garanča, Fedora with Freni and Domingo, Ermione, Zelmira, and Mosè in Egitto.
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