Vittorio Parisi

Conductor (General Management)

“I wish to declare that Vittorio Parisi is a musician with excellent artistic and professional qualities. I have listened to him more than once conducting difficult and complicated operas and I have  always been very impressed by his technical and musical command of the score and his total control of the orchestra and singers.  With my best regards”  RICCARDO MUTI (Italian original handwritten is available on request)    

Vittorio Parisi studied at the G.Verdi Conservatorium in Milan with Azio Corghi (composition), Piero Rattalino (piano) Mario Gusella and Gianluigi Gelmetti (conducting); he also attended masterclasses with Kirill Kondrashin (he was the only italian pupil of the famous russian conductor) and with Terence Lovett and George Hurst in England.

Following his graduation he was immediately appointed teacher of student orchestras in the Verdi Conservatorium and worked as assistant of his former teacher Gianluigi Gelmetti in Italy and Europe for a few years.

He began his conducting career in late 1979 (Bari, Teatro Petruzzelli) working in theatres , symphonic and chamber orchestras including Teatro dell’Opera (Rome), Teatro San Carlo (Naples) La Fenice (Venice) Piccola Scala (Milan) and many others, and all the italian radio orchestras (RAI) in a repertoire ranged from baroque to contemporary music. In recent years he conducted also the Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine with Raina Kabaivanska and the Monteverdi’s Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda and Stravinski’s Histoire du Soldat staged by Roberto De Simone in Rome Opera House, where he is frequently invited to perform operas and concerts.

Vittorio Parisi has been First Conductor of the orchestra dell’Angelicum in Milan, of Gruppo Nuova Consonanza of Milan and Artistic Director and conductor of I Solisti Aquilani, a well known Italian Chamber Orchestra. Actually he is Artistic Director and conductor of the dèdalo Ensemble, very well known for performances of 20th-century compositions and for the Camillo Togni International Composition Prize. In 1997 he was appointed Chair of Orchestra Conducting at the G.Verdi Conservatorium in Milan where he is still teaching. Some of his italian pupils have already been invited by symphonic and opera house orchestras worldwide, Teatro alla Scala included. He has also teached in conducting masterclasses in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Symphony Australia conducting program) and Albania. Vittorio Parisi has appeared in many international festivals and seasons, conducting in Germany, France, Switzerland, Turkey, Slovakia, Netherlands,Romania and Albania and he has conducted also a concert at presence of His Holyness the Pope John Paul II, always with great success and excellent reviews.

In October 2004 he has made is Australian debut with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in the Sydney Opera House. In 2006 he made his New Zealand debut with the Auckland Philharmonia conducting the first and the second concert of the main season. Always interested and curious about new forms of music and art and about rediscovering of symphonic works and operas he has conducted many first performances on stage and first modern performances including “L’Ape Musicale” by Lorenzo Da Ponte, a “pastiche opera” prepared by the Mozart librettist on music by Rossini, Mozart and others, recorded live on a cd in Teatro La Fenice in Venice. He conducted also the first complete performance since the premiere of “Marie Galante”, opera by Kurt Weill. He has conducted the world premieres of works by Petrassi, Lindberg, Corghi, Castiglioni, and dozens of other contemporary composers, often requested by composers themselves, and collaborating with Luciano Berio and John Cage. He conducted an opera in 2017 in the Music Festival in Miskolc Opera House in Hungary as a late substitute for another conductor who gave up three days before the performance. The Opera was “Jr Butterfly” by Japanese composer Saegusa lasting three hours with a difficult score, the result being a huge success.

In 1994 he was requested by the composer for the first performances of Azio Corghi’s opera “Pia” in the prestigious Chigiana Academy in Siena. He has collaborated with musicians such as Paul Badura-Skoda, Joerg Demus, Richard Goode, Michele Campanella, Francois Joel Thiollier, Lilya Zilberstein, Angela Hewitt, Andrea Padova, Mario Brunello, Rocco Filippini, Massimo Quarta, Milva, Amii Stewart, Alirio Diaz, the famous italian dancer Carla Fracci, a lot of worldwide known opera singers, and some of the most famous european stage directors, including the well known italians Luca Ronconi and Roberto De Simone. Vittorio Parisi has recorded extensively, live or in studio, for Naxos, Dynamic, Bongiovanni, Nuova Era, Stradivarius and many of his performances have been recorded and broadcasted by Italian Radiotelevision (RAI) and by the Radios of all the countries where he has performed. His teaching activity has produced important conductors that actually are engaged worldwide and some of them have positions in important Opera Houses or Symphonic Orchestras.

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