Conductor Giampaolo Bisanti in Dialog

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Italian conductor Giampaolo Bisanti has been praised for his musical data and fervour. On this interview, Giampaolo shares his affection for Donizetti’s music, the affect of his grandmother, working with Christina Scheppelmann, and a brand new ardour—incomes his pilot’s license. That is his US opera debut and his first Seattle Opera manufacturing.

What number of instances have you ever performed The Elixir of Love?
Twice, on the Teatro Regio di Torino and the Opéra de Paris. The Seattle efficiency will probably be my US opera debut and the third time I’ve performed this opera. However this isn’t my first time working in America. Truly, I’ve performed just a few symphony concert events on the Monterey Symphony Orchestra and San Jose Symphony in 2010, 2012, and 2015.

What points of interest do you will have for Gaetano Donizetti’s work?
Italian operas make up eighty p.c of my repertoire. I do know a lot of the operas by coronary heart. I began studying the bel canto operas as a boy. Like Don Pasquale, Elixir is a comedy with some severe elements. Donizetti is a multi-faced composer. He composed severe opera, tragic opera, in addition to humorous ones like The Elixir of Love and Don Pasquale.

What three items of music have most formed your profession?
I describe myself as an opera conductor. However I began out conducting symphony concert events. The primary piece of music to form my profession was Gustav Mahler’s second symphony, the “Resurrection” Symphony. Actually touched my coronary heart. Conducting 193 musicians and vocalists was one of many best moments of my musical life. As for the second piece, it’s La bohème. La bohème represents most of my worldwide debuts. These embody conducting it at Bayerische Staatsoper, the Isarphilharmonie, Teatro La Fenice, and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. It’s in my coronary heart, and it represents an important opera for me. Norma (by Vincenzo Bellini) is the third piece of music that has formed my profession. It’s perhaps my first expertise with bel canto opera. I debuted in Toulouse (on the Théâtre du Capitole). It was a really profitable manufacturing that featured mezzo-soprano Karine Deshayes singing Adalgisa and soprano Marina Rebeka as Norma.

What sort of motorbike do you journey?
I’ve been driving Ducati bikes all my life. I’ve had six. I nonetheless have a ardour for motor bikes however I’m not driving any longer as a result of I bought my bike after I moved to Switzerland and I don’t have a lot time to journey. Moreover, I’ve a brand new ardour. For the previous two years, I’ve been studying to be a pilot. I would like to finish my radio class and 24 hours of coaching flights to be able to apply for my license.

How giant is your loved ones?
My mum and father met on the hospital. She was recovering in the identical room as my father’s pal. They met, fell in love, and after six months acquired married. After one yr I used to be born and after that, ten extra—six boys and 5 ladies. 4 of us are musicians. One sister is a member of the Accademia Musical Bizantina, one other sister is a contract violinist, and a 3rd sister was a cellist. Now she is a mum, a hundred percent.

Why did you choose the clarinet?
That could be a joke. I used to be 9 years outdated, and I informed my Granny that I wished to study to play the saxophone. She stated, ‘No, you’re too younger. You’re too small for the saxophone. You ought to start out out with a clarinet.’ My Dad was excited that his son would embrace his music ardour. He stated, ‘Let’s apply to the village music faculty.’ I began at 11 and I taught myself piano. My father grew up very poor. He had a really stunning and highly effective voice. His voice was like Mario Del Monaco, the tenor. However he was so poor. Then he needed to work loads to lift his household.

In a single phrase, how would you describe coming again to performing in particular person after the lockdown?
A miracle. Even through the Second World Battle, the music by no means stopped. I feel within the historical past of humanity, a state of affairs like this has by no means occurred. Performing in entrance of a reside viewers after the lockdown was a miracle.

This isn’t the primary time you’ve labored with Seattle Opera Basic Director Christina Scheppelmann.
We’ve identified one another for a few years, and the final manufacturing we made collectively was Madame Butterfly on the Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. Christina is among the best opera ladies on this planet. She is clever and gifted. She is a good pal. I hold her in excessive esteem.

What are you listening to in your earbuds or headphones?
I take heed to any form of music. I like pop, rock, and jazz music. I like music of the ’80s as a result of I used to be born in 1972. I particularly like Pink Floyd. I’ve beloved their music since I used to be 15 years outdated. I do know all of Pink Floyd’s songs. A few months in the past I visited Abbey Street Studios to see the place The Darkish Facet of the Moon was recorded.

Giampaolo Bisanti conducts Francesco Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur at La Scala in Milan in March 2022.

Is there anything that our viewers ought to know?

Sure, one last item. I’m wanting ahead to creating my debut in the USA. I made my debut at La Scala di Milano 4 months in the past. And now, lastly, I get to in the USA. I’m so, so completely happy.

The Elixir of Love runs August 6–20, 2022 at McCaw Corridor. Completely satisfying from first sip to final, this fizzy concoction is
opera’s most profitable comedy. A lovestruck bumpkin is about to lose the
firm of a wealthy and impartial landowner. Crossing paths with a quack
physician, he quickly will get duped in additional methods than one. Wine, a windfall, and
a fateful “furtive tear” ultimately reveal completely happy truths as sincerity
triumphs amid a lot rejoicing. Tickets and data at seattleopera.org/elixir.



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