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, where he conducted some of the company’s most challenging productions. He also has been Music Director of La Musica Lirica, a summer program for singers in Northern Italy, since 2005, and served as Artistic Director of Metropolitan Orchestra of Greater Montreal, Quebec for four seasons. In his permanent and guest engagements, Maestro Rescigno traverses the repertoire from new works like Minoru Miki’s Jōruri and Don Davis’s Río de Sangre (both world premières under his baton), to rarities like Rossini’s 1816 La Gazzetta.
|Hand of Bridge|
|Bellini||I Capuleti e i Montecchi|
|Cimarosa||La serva padrona|
|La fille du régiment|
|Lucia di Lamermoor|
|Roméo et Juliette|
|Humperdinck||Hänsel und Gretel|
|Lehár||The Land of Smiles|
|The Merry Widow|
|Die Entführung aus dem Serail|
|Le nozze di Figaro|
|Romberg||The Desert Song|
|Rossini||Il barbiere di Siviglia|
|L’italiana in Algeri|
|Saint-Saëns||Samson et Dalila|
|Scarlatti||Trionfo del Onore|
|Strauss, J.||Die Fledermaus|
|Strauss||Ariadne auf Naxos|
|Un ballo in maschera|
|La forza del Destino|
|Wagner||Der fliegende Holländer|
|Tristan und Isolde|
|Berlioz||L’enfance du Christ|
|Roméo et Juliette|
|Fine||Meeting for Equal Rights, 1866|
|Mendelssohn||Die erste Walpurgisnacht|
|Mozart||Mass in C minor|
In his permanent and guest engagements, Maestro Rescigno traverses the repertoire from new works like Minoru Miki’s Jōruri and Don Davis’s Río de Sangre (both world premières 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 range 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 canon, particularly those of Wagner and Richard Strauss. In addition, Maestro Rescigno has conducted masterworks of the choral literature, symphonies, and concertos from baroque to contemporary—sometimes from the keyboard in early music works.
As a guest artist, Maestro Rescigno has conducted at New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, Hungarian State Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Seattle Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Vancouver Opera, Teatro Bellini, Opéra de Marseille, and Opéra de Montréal among others. Symphony orchestras conducted include the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the Milwaukee Symphony, both of which he has led in their regular subscription series opera productions. In addition, he won Quebec’s Prix Opus for a program of all five Beethoven piano concertos with Anton Kuerti and the Metropolitan Orchestra of Greater Montreal.
Maestro Rescigno’s discography includes recordings of the aforementioned world premières, 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 Rescigno 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.
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.