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Joseph Rescigno

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Joseph Rescigno has conducted for more than 50 companies on four continents. Since 1981, he has served as Artistic Advisor and Principal Conductor of the Florentine Opera Company of Milwaukee (WI), where he has conducted some of the company’s most challenging repertory. He also has been Music Director of La Musica Lirica, a summer program for singers in Northern Italy, since 2005. And he served as Artistic Director of Metropolitan Orchestra of Greater Montreal, Quebec for four seasons.

In his permanent and guest engagements, Maestro Rescigno traverses the repertory from new works like Minoru Miki’s Jōruri and Don Davis’s Río de Sangre (both world premieres under his baton) to rarities like Rossini’s 1816 La Gazzetta. He also champions neglected contemporary works like Barber’s Vanessa while conducting a broad swath of operas from the standard literature. This includes Mozart’s seminal pieces; works from Italian composers like Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi, and Puccini; romantic French operas of Bizet, Gounod, and Saint-Saëns; and works from the German school, particularly those of Wagner and Richard Strauss. In addition, Maestro Rescigno has conducted masterworks of the choral literature as well as symphonies and concertos from the baroque to the contemporary—sometimes from the keyboard in works from earlier eras.

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…exemplary handling…
Salome - “Joseph Rescigno fielded some of his best work yet with this exemplary handling of Strauss’s reduced orchestration for eighty-two (as opposed to the original scoring for 110) instruments. The Milwaukee Symphony played beautifully.”Opera News
…paced and balanced sensitively…
Der Rosenkavalier - “Conductor Joseph Rescigno paced and balanced sensitively and maintained transparency in the dense orchestration.  That last point is crucial, as waltzes lurk deep in the mix, as if heard through the open windows of a ballroom down the block.  Rescigno and Strauss never let you forget.”Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
…brought cohesion to the whole…
Ariadne auf Naxos - “Maestro Joseph Rescigno supported his cast with gorgeous orchestral playing, brought cohesion to the whole and shaped the evening into a compelling progression toward its radiant conclusion.” Opera News
…kept ensemble neat and rhythm taught…
Tosca -“Conductor Joseph Rescigno oversaw that flow, which emanated from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, with an unerring had.  Rescigno kept ensemble neat and rhythm taut even during the freest rubato.  He balanced the colors and supported the singers sensitively.  Most important, he gathered the individual efforts of all the singers on the stage and the players in the pit into a coherent and powerful drama.”Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
…surging, incandescent reading…
Elektra -“Florentine Opera, a company that usually selects repertory with an eye toward box-office potential, offered a superb Elektra.  Joseph Rescigno led the excellent Milwaukee Symphony in a surging, incandescent reading that achieved fine balance between stage and pit.”Opera News
Composer Opera
Adamo Little Women
Barber Vanessa
Hand of Bridge
Bellini I Capuleti ed I Montecchi
Norma
Berlioz l’Enfance du Christ
Romeo et Juliette
Bizet Carmen
Cimarosa La Serva Padrona
Donizetti Don Pasquale
L’Elisir d’Amore
La Fille du Regiment
Lucia di Lamermoor
Rita
Dvorak Stabat Mater
Fine Meeting for Equal Rights, 1867
Giordano Fedora
Gounod Faust
Messe Solennelle
Romeo et Juliette
Humperdinck Hansel und Gretel
Lehar The Land of Smiles
The Merry Widow
Leoncavallo I Pagliacci
Mascagni Cavalleria Rusticana
Mendelssohn Die Erste Walpurgisnacht
Menotti The Consul
Miki Joruri
Moore Gallantry
Mozart Die Entfuring aus dem Serail
Die Zauberflote
Don Giovanni
Le Nozze di Figaro
Mass in C minor
Orff Carmina Burana
Ponchielli La Gioconda
Puccini La Boheme
La Rondine
Madama Butterfly
Manon Lescaut
Tosca
Turandot
Romberg The Desert Song
Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia
L’Italiana in Algeri
La Cenerentola
Saint-Saens Samson et Dalila
Scarlatti Trionfo del Onore
Strauss, R. Salome
Elektra
Der Rosenkavalier
Ariadne auf Naxos
Strauss, J. Die Fledermaus
Szymanowski Litanies
Verdi Aida
Falstaff
Il Trovatore
La Forze del Destino
La Traviata
Macbeth
Nabucco
Otello
Requiem
Rigoletto
Un Ballo in Maschera
Wagner Der fliegende Hollander
Das Rheingold
Die Walkure
Tristan und Isolde

Joseph Rescigno has conducted for more than 50 companies on four continents. Since 1981, he has served as Artistic Advisor and Principal Conductor of the Florentine Opera Company of Milwaukee (WI), where he has conducted some of the company’s most challenging repertory. He also has been Music Director of La Musica Lirica, a summer program for singers in Northern Italy, since 2005. And he served as Artistic Director of Metropolitan Orchestra of Greater Montreal, Quebec for four seasons.

In his permanent and guest engagements, Maestro Rescigno traverses the repertory from new works like Minoru Miki’s Jōruri and Don Davis’s Río de Sangre (both world premieres under his baton) to rarities like Rossini’s 1816 La Gazzetta. He also champions neglected contemporary works like Barber’s Vanessa while conducting a broad swath of operas from the standard literature. This includes Mozart’s seminal pieces; works from Italian composers like Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi, and Puccini; romantic French operas of Bizet, Gounod, and Saint-Saëns; and works from the German school, particularly those of Wagner and Richard Strauss. In addition, Maestro Rescigno has conducted masterworks of the choral literature as well as symphonies and concertos from the baroque to the contemporary—sometimes from the keyboard in works from earlier eras.

As a guest artist, Maestro Rescigno has conducted the New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, Hungarian State Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Seattle Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Vancouver Opera, Teatro Bellini, l’Opéra de Marseille, and l’Opéra de Montreal among others. The symphony orchestras he has conducted include the Montreal Symphony and the Milwaukee Symphony orchestras, both of which he has conducted in their regular subscription series as well as in opera productions. In addition, he won Quebec’s Prix Opus for a program of all five Beethoven piano concertos with Anton Kuerti at the piano and the Metropolitan Orchestra of Greater Montreal.

Maestro Rescigno’s discography includes recordings of the aforementioned world premieres, Río de Sangre (for Albany Records) and Jōruri (for Toei Video Disk). He recorded two solo operatic anthologies for Analekta of Canada featuring Lyne Fortin (Mozart) and Diana Soviero (the highly regarded Verismo). Also for Analekta, he conducted three symphonic albums with works by Beethoven, Brahms, and Mendelssohn.

This native New Yorker comes from a long line of musicians on both sides of his family. He trained as a pianist and has been studying and performing music since childhood. His uncle was the prominent conductor Nicola Rescigno, a founder of both the Dallas Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago. He holds a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music and studied with distinguished teachers and composers in the United States and Europe. Maestro Rescigno further apprenticed with eminent conductors and has since been privileged to collaborate with prominent musicians of three generations.

A born teacher, Joseph Rescigno derives tremendous gratification from working with young musicians in student orchestras and singers in master classes. Multi-lingual, he readily gives lively and informative talks before performances, illustrating examples on a piano when possible. He is also working on his first book, The View from the Pit: Where Theater Meets Music.

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