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Marco Guidarini

The Principal Conductor of the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra!

Born in Genoa, Marco Guidarini has a varied musical and cultural background including studies in composition, classics and masterclasses in 'cello with Andre Navarra. He gave up a full-time career as a 'cellist playing under conductors including Claudio Abbado and Carlo Maria Giulini in order to conduct and studied conducting with Franco Ferrara and with Mario Gusella, obtaining the highest diploma at the International Advanced Music Courses of the Academy of Pescara.
His conducting career began in Italy working with, among others, the Orchestra Regionale Toscana, Teatro Comunale di Genova (Sibelius), Orchestra del Comunale di Bologna (Ravel) Haydn Orchestra Bolzano (Prokofiev) and Orchestra Sinfonica di Bari. After this he accepted an invitation to assist Sir John Eliot Gardiner at the Opera de Lyon. In that capacity he was able to deepen his aesthetic and interpretative knowledge of the baroque and classical period with particular relation to the works of Mozart. It was at Lyon that he made his operatic debut in 1986 conducting Verdi's Falstaff. While there he also conducted Rossini's Comte Ory in Lyon, Annecy and St. Etienne. In the 1988/89 season he made his debut at the Wexford Festival with Mercadante's Elisa e Claudio which he also conducted at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. He was re-invited to Wexford to conduct Mozart's Mitridate, Re di Ponto in 1989 which was also followed by a performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
In 1989/90, among other projects, he conducted Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Opera North, Madama Butterfly in Dublin and the Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle at the Leeds Festival. In 1990/91, he opened the season for the English National Opera with Tosca. This was followed by concerts with the RAI in Rome (Stravinsky, Debussy) and Le nozze di Figaro for Welsh National Opera. The season also included La Bohème for Scottish Opera and Manon Lescaut in Dublin.
Marco Guidarini has conducted revivals of Die Fledermaus and The Magic Flute for WNO, Carmen for Scottish Opera, made his debuts in Vancouver conducting Don Pasquale and in Sydney conducting Tosca for the Australian Opera and also appearing with the ABC Orchestra, Melbourne. He then conducted Le nozze di Figaro for Glyndebourne Touring Opera followed by a revival of La Bohème for Scottish Opera and his return to Vancouver with the same work.
1993/4 began with a new production of Gluck's Orphe´e in Sydney followed by his debut at Royal Opera, Stockholm, conducting a new production of La Traviata and also conducting the Stockholm Chamber Orchestra. Then came a new production of L'Elisir d'Amore for Scottish Opera and his Italian operatic debut with a new production of I Lombardi at the Teatro Comunale, Bologna in April which he also took to the Wiesbaden Festival in May; his first appearance in Germany. In June he made his debut with a German company in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Larmore and Hvorostovsky at the Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin.
The l994/5 season began with Cosi fan Tutte in Sydney for Australian Opera, a revival of La Traviata in Stockholm, his debut in Copenhagen with Il Barbiere di Siviglia, his reappearance in Australia with Die Zauberflo¨te, his German symphonic debut in an all Brahms programme with the Sudwestfunk Symphony Orchestra, Baden-Baden, concerts in Sweden and Bulgaria with the Sofie Symphony Orchestra. He has also made concert debuts in Ireland with the National Symphony Orchestra and Martina Franca, Italy, where he conducted the Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia in Berlioz's complete Romeo et Juliette. Since then he has formed a regular association with the orchestra conducting them in productions of Verdi's Macbeth (original version) and Le Trouvrre at Martina Franca (both subsequently issued on CD on the Dynamic label) and in concerts including works by Schumann elsewhere in Italy.
In 1995/6 he returned to the Glyndebourne Touring Opera conducting Don Giovanni and made debuts at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich with Il Barbiere di Siviglia, the Teatro Comunale, Bologna conducting Madama Butterfly in a production by Robert Wilson, and Marseille conducting a new production of Un Ballo in Maschera. He began the 96/7 season with a new production of Don Giovanni in Copenhagen (Andreas Homoki), and made his Swiss debut with Rigoletto in Geneva and his US debut at the Los Angeles Opera with Un Barbiere di Siviglia. He also conducted Nabucco for the first time in his debut in Nice. In the summer of 1997, he conducted his first Don Carlo for Marseille.
In 1997/8 Marco Guidarini conducted concerts in Quebec (Mozart, Brahms and Handel's Messiah) and Turin where he led the Filarmonica di Torino in a programme including works by Mozart and Strauss's Metamorphosen. He also conducted Bellini's I Capuleti ed i Montecchi for Reggio Emilia, Madama Butterfly in Los Angeles and Il Trovatore in Santiago de Chile. The 98/99 season began with a resounding success conducting Rigoletto for York City Opera and was followed by equally successful appearances in Los Angeles (Madama Butterfly), Bilbao (his Spanish debut conducting L'Italiana in Algeri), Avignon (Rigoletto and La Bohème) and Montpellier (Ernani) and Massenet's Roma at Martina Franca (also recorded by Dynamic). In the 99/00 season he conducted a new production of Norma in Geneva, Rigoletto in Vancouver, Madama Butterfly in Valencia, Simon Boccanegra in New Zealand, Semiramide in Minneapolis and Nabucco in Oslo. Last season, he conducted Il barbiere di Siviglia in Dallas, Le Nozze di Figaro in Los Angeles, Luisa Miller and Attila in Montpellier, Lucia di Lammermoor in Bilbao and Giovanna d’Arco at the St. Denis Festival, La Traviata for the Deutsche Oper, Berlin, I Capuleti e i Montecchi and La Boheme for the Norwegian Opera, Oslo, and Rigoletto at the Orange Festival. In the 2001/2 season he has took up the Chief Conductorship of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice with a challenging series of concerts beginning with a suitably triumphant performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 and has also conducted Verdi’s Requiem in Adelaide, Australia, Aida and Carmen at the Stade de France, Paris, further concerts and Don Giovanni in Nice and made a successful debut at the Metropolitan Opera conducting Rigoletto. He made his debut with the Leipzig Opera in a new production of La Damnation de Faust in June and Vienna conducting Leoncavallo’s La Boheme for Klangbogen Wien at the Theater an der Wien in August 2002. Last season he conducted La Boheme in Bologna, Edgar and Le Villi with the Orchestre National de France for French Radio, La Battaglia di Legnano for the Teatro San Carlo, Naples, La Boheme and Die Zauberfloete as well as a full concert series for Nice and recorded Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac with Roberto Alagna for EMI. Future plans include a new production of Aida in Leipzig, Il corsaro in Barcelona and Lucia di Lammermoor for the Orange Festival.
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