Joseph Rescigno

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Joseph Rescigno is a conductor and Artistic Advisor and Principal Conductor of the Florentine Opera Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the United States (since 1981). He also serves as Music Director of La Musica Lirica festival in Italy. In addition, he was Artistic Director of Metropolitan Orchestra of Greater Montreal for four years during which time he made four recordings and won Quebec’s Prix Opus for a program of all five Beethoven piano concertos with Anton Kuerti at the piano. The conductor Nicola Rescigno, a founder of both the Dallas Opera and Chicago Opera companies, was his uncle.

Rescigno has conducted around the world from the New York City Opera and the Montreal Symphony to companies in both of the Americas, Asia and Europe. He has conducted the masterworks of the choral literature and symphonies and concertos from the baroque to the modern era, sometimes conducting from the keyboard in works from the earlier eras. In opera, he has conducted virtually all of the core Italian opera repertory—including romantic, verismo, and bel canto operas—as well as the standard French and German repertory. The contemporary works he has conducted include the Florentine Opera’s first world premiere, Don Davis’s Río de Sangre, in 2010. He is also working on his first book, The View From the Pit: Where Theater Meets Music.

For the Analekta label, Rescigno has made five recordings: four of works by Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Mozart along with Verismo (arias with Diana Soviero). A recording of Río de Sangre was released by Albany Records in October 2011. Having conducted the world premiere of Minoru Miki’s Joruri, he recorded it with the Tokyo Symphony for Toei Video Disk.

Rescigno trained as a pianist and is a graduate of Fordam University and the Manhattan School of Music where he also served on the faculty. He studied with composer Nicolas Flagello and other distinguished teachers in the United States and Europe, including privately at l’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. He went on to work with such influential conductors as Laszlo Halasz (founder of the New York City Opera), Bruno Maderna, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Carlo Moresco, and his uncle. Powerful influences also included pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, conductors Herbert von Karajan and Erich Leinsdorf, as well as Roberto Benaglio, the chorus master of La Scala.

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