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Gino Quilico

Gino Quilico

Esteemed as an interpreter of the French and Italian repertoire, lyric baritone Gino Quilico has performed with the world’s major opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera (New York), La Scala (Milano), The Royal Opera House (London), The Vienna State Opera (Vienna), the Paris Opera, the Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich), The Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), La Fenice (Venice).

Gino Quilico has released over twenty opera recordings, including a Grammy Award for his participation in the recording of Les Troyens (Decca). His critically acclaimed solo recital recording Le Secret (Koch International) have also firmly established Mr. Quilico in the classical recording industry. His recording “Noel” went Gold.

Mr. Quilico has worked with such distinguished conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Herbert Von Karajan, Leonard Bernstein, Riccardo Chailly, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Michel Plasson and George Pretre.

Among the many festivals in which he has participated are those of Salzburg, Edinburgh, Schwetzingen, Aix en Provence and Orange.

Mr. Quilico made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1987 as Lescaut in Manon and has regularly returned since in roles such as Figaro in The Barber of Seville, Valentin in Faust, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Ford in Falstaff, Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore and Escamillo in Carmen.

At the San Francisco Opera, Mr. Quilico has appeared in the title role of Don Giovanni, Yeletsky in The Queen of Spades, Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore, Lescaut in Manon, Silvio in I Pagliacci and Marcello in La Boheme which was also recorded for video release.

At the Paris Opera Mr. Quilico’s roles have included Figaro in The Barber of Seville, Oreste in Iphigenie en Tauride, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Escamillo in Carmen and Yeletsky in The Queen of Spades.

His performances at La Scala have included the roles of Marcello in La Boheme. Lescaut in Manon by Massenet and Lescaut in Manon Lescaut by Puccini which was recorded by Sony Classical.

With the Royal Opera in London, he has sung Posa in Don Carlos, as well as Valentin in Faust, Figaro, Marcello and Escamillo, which he has also performed with the Royal Opera’s tour to Japan and Korea.

Around the world other engagements have taken Mr. Quilico to the Berlin Staatsoper, the Vienna Staatsoper for Iphigenie en Tauride to Munich for Carmen and Don Giovanni to the Florence Maggio Musicale for La Cenerentola. Don Pasquale at La Fenice in Venice, and to Buenos Aires Teatro Colon for Don Giovanni and Faust. Lausanne for the title role of Eugene Onegin and as Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera.

On the concert stage, Gino Quilico has appeared with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. In Europe with the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestra Philarmonique de Radio France, and the Bayerische Rundfunk, Munich.

In the year 1987 Gino and Louis Quilico became the first father and son to perform at the Metropolitan Opera together in its existence. Followed by many other appearances together around the world at the Paris Opera, The Chatelet, The Canadian Opera Company and The Toulouse Opera.

Mr. Quilico has appeared in the feature films of La Boheme and Orfeo as well as in numerous operatic videos. He has recorded for such labels as Deutsche Gramophone, EMI/Angel, Philips, Erato, Sony Classical and London/Decca. Included an album of operetta duets with Barbara Hendricks for EMI.

Gino Quilico continues to pursue his career as in Canada (Montréal, Québec, Orford, Trois-Rivières) in the USA (Napa Valley, San Francisco) a new recording of sacred arias with production XXI to be released autumn 2012 with organist Jacques Boucher.

With the Montreal symphony orchestra Under the direction of Kent Nagano, Gino Quilico will sing in L’enfance du Christ from Berlioz in December 2012. Several Christmas concerts in this same period in several cities around Quebec are also in his diary.

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