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Chailly, Riccardo (opera)

Noël Goodwin

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print December 1992 |
Published online January 2002 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Milan, 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. 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 Salzburg Festival (Macbeth, 1984). In 1986 he became music director at the Teatro Comunale, Bologna, with whose forces he made several recordings, and in 1988 he was appointed artistic director of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam. His opera recordings include Guillaume Tell and Andrea Chénier (both with Pavarotti) and ...

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Subjects: Opera

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