Elegant phrasing, eloquent, intense, disciplined, incandescentare but a few of the words used to describe the conducting of young Italian Giovanni Reggioli.
Giovanni has quickly established an impressive international career having conducted Falstaff in Sydney and Caracas, Carmen, La bohème, and Don Giovanni at the Washington Opera, Un Giorno di Regno at the Caramoor International Music Festival of New York, Un Ballo in Maschera , and Turandot in Quebec City, as well as I Pagliacci, and Cavalleria Rusticana for Port Opera. He has led the Metropolitan Opera, Washington Opera and Los Angeles Opera orchestras, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of Saint Luke’s, the Orchestra Filarmonica Mediterranea, the Orchestra Filarmonica di Sanremo.
His critically acclaimed conducting debut with Opera Australia of Verdi's Falstaff assured his return for subsequent years: "The lion’s share of the credit for that triumph simply must be awarded to the conductor, Giovanni Reggioli, whose intimate and loving knowledge of the detail of this wonderful work inspired the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra to give consistently of its very best, providing a reading of the music so incandescent it rendered all but irrelevant slight shortfalls in other areas of the premiere performance. May Reggioli return soon, and often, to adorn the future performance rosters of Opera Australia.” (Opera~Opera, February 2006).
In 2012 Giovanni returns down under to conduct Madame Butterfly for Opera Australia.
Giovanni Reggioli’s 2010-2011 season began once again down under for a production of Verdi’s Rigoletto, this time with Opera Australia. His 2009-2010 season saw his return to Opera Queensland for performances of Verdi’s Rigoletto before he conducted Le nozze di Figaro with the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.
In September 2008, Maestro Reggioli made his debut with the Minnesota Opera conducting Il Trovatore, returned to Opera Australia for Otello, and conducted the special New Year’s Gala Bravissimo! at Roy Thomson Hall Toronto. The 2007-2008 season featured Giovanni’s debut in Ottawa, Canada, conducting the National Arts Centre Orchestra for the Black and White Opera Gala, a return to Australia for performances of Verdi’s Nabucco and Puccini’s La Boheme and to the Washington National Opera where he conducted Rigoletto.
The 2006-2007 season opened triumphantly when Giovanni was asked, at short notice, to step in and take over the opening productions of the Washington National Opera: Bluebeard’s Castle and Gianni Schicchi. His season continued with performances of La Traviata, Il Trovatore, and Nabucco for Opera Australia, a semi-staged performance of Turandot to celebrate Australia Day in the Park (January 21, 2007), and a major New Year's Eve Gala on December 31, 2006. He also made a return to PortOpera to conduct Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
Recent highlights include his 2005 debut at the Baths of Caracalla in Rome where he conducted Aida, appearances at the Washington Opera for I Vespri Siciliani and the Opéra de Québec for Madama Butterfly. He has conducted l’Orchestre symphonique du Québec as well as Un ballo in maschera with l’Opéra de Québec, where his performances elicited such praise as “irreproachable and coherent” (Radio-Canada) and“assured,relaxed and respectful” (Le Soleil, Québec), and Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila and La Traviata, starring Hei-Kyung Hong for the Washington National Opera.
Giovanni has served as assistant conductor and vocal coach at the New York City Opera, Juilliard Opera Center, the Maggio Musicale in Florence, the Donizetti Festival in Bergamo, the Barga Opera Festival and the Settimana Musicale Senese at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena working with such celebrated conductors as Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Chailly, Gerard Schwartz, Julius Rudel, Bruno Bartoletti, Edoardo Muller and Peter Maag. He also served as head coach and music administrator for the Washington Opera’s Vilar Young Artist Program from 2001 to 2004, working directly with Placido Domingo. During his tenure there, he conducted the “Operalia Gala”, featuring Placido Domingo, and the Washington Opera Gala, televised for PBS, working alongside Valery Giergiev.
A versatile musician, he has accompanied in recital such renowned opera singers as Renata Scotto, Shirley Verrett, Placido Domingo, Cecilia Bartoli, Rolando Paneraï, Anna Moffo, Carlo Bergonzi and Jennifer Larmore.
He was the recipient of the conducting scholarship at the Laboratorio Lirico di Alessandria in Italy and the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship at the Juilliard School in New York in 1991, 1992, and 1993. He also spent 6 years as Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, working with James Levine, among others.
Giovanni Reggioli makes his home in Washington, DC with his wife Alizon and daughter Camilla.