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Chailly, Riccardo

Noël Goodwin

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(bMilan, Feb 20, 1953). Italian conductor. Son of the composer Luciano Chailly, with whom he studied composition, he attended the conservatories in Milan and Perugia, where he turned to conducting with Piero Guarino and later Franco Caracciolo and Franco Ferrara. He was a drummer in a rhythm-and-blues band before joining La Scala as assistant conductor, learning the repertory under Abbado and making his début with Werther in 1978, having two years earlier founded (with Henze) the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte in Montepulciano. His American début was at the Chicago Lyric Opera in 1974 with Madama Butterfly; débuts followed at Covent Garden (Don Pasquale, 1979), the Metropolitan (Les contes d’Hoffmann, 1982) and the Salzburg Festival (Macbeth, 1984).

Chailly was principal conductor of the Berlin RSO from 1983 to 1989, with whom he made recordings of Bruckner, Mahler and Schoenberg (including a vividly theatrical Gurrelieder...

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Subjects: Contemporary Music

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