Paolo GATTO -
Paolo Gatto was born in Bergamo, Italy in 1959. He studied piano since he was 4 years old under Luigi Rossi at Piacenza Conservatory and was awarded a diploma with honors in 1982. After graduation, starting in 1983 while he was performing in concerts, he
gained a great experience as “Maestro Sostituto“ and as Assistant of the following Conductors in the most prominent Opera Houses in Italy: Bruno Campanella, Carlo Franci, Giuseppe Patanè, Maurizio Arena, Armando Gatto, Angelo Campori, Roberto Abbado (including a long collaboration with “Arena di Verona”, Donizetti Festival in Bergamo and Glyndebourne Festival in England in
1986). During these activities he collaborated with most world-famous singers and conductors such as P.Domingo, J.Carreras, A.Kraus, G.Dimitrova, R.Kabaivanska, M.Devia, P.Cappuccilli, E.Dara, N.Santi,D.Oren, P.Maag, Carlo Rizzi, C.Abbado, R.Abbado. After a series of
International Masterclasses of Conducting in Italy, Bulgaria, Austria and the Netherlands, he refined his studies of Conducting at the Vienna Academy of Music with professor Karl Oesterreicher and Julius Kalmar.
He started his professional carrier as a Conductor in 1992. In the beginning he cooperated with Italian music ensembles (Pomeriggi
Musicali di Milano, Ente Autonomo Arena di Verona, Archi italiani, Orchestra Stabile di Bergamo...), then he continued in several European countries (Austria, Germany, Holland, Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, France, Spain, Portugal), both with regard to the symphonic repertoire and the opera.
In 1993 he was one of the initiators and founders of the Symphonic Orchestra C.Coccia of Novara and Principal Conductor of the Theatre C. Coccia. He directed several operas and symphonic productions until 1998.
Since 1993 Paolo Gatto's activities have widened thanks to an intensive collaboration with orchestras and the opera houses in the Czech Republic and in particular with The National Theatre of Prague (La Bohéme, Tosca), the State Opera of Prague (Nabucco, Rigoletto), the Janáček Opera House in Brno (Il Trovatore, Lucia di Lammermoor, L’elisir d’amore, Don Carlo) and the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre of Ostrava. As Principal Guest Conductor from 1994 to 2009, he prepared here 22 new productions (Pelléas et Mélisande, Turandot, Carmen, Aida, Traviata, Rusalka, Don Giovanni,...) and conducted numerous other operas between 1994 -2009 (about 560 performances).
Since 1998 Paolo Gatto is Artistic Director of The International Festival of chamber music in France “Le Rencontres de Louvergny”, from 2014 “Les Musicales de Louvergny”. In 2005 he was Guest Conductor at the Centre Lyrique d’Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand.
In 2009 Paolo Gatto was appointed Music Director of the National Theatre of Kosice in Slovakia and in the season 2010-2011 has also
taken on the position of Artistic Director (Madama Butterfly, Adriana Lecouvreur, Marriage of Figaro, La Traviata, Carmen, Rusalka, The Barber of Seville , L'heure espagnole, The Secret of Susanna and others). In 2011-2012 Paolo Gatto has been Guest Conductor in the National Theatre of Bratislava for Madama Butterfly, Traviata, Boheme, Turandot.
He permanently cooperates with important concert institutions and festivals in the Czech Republic such as the St. Wenceslas Music Festival, Janacek Festival in Hukvaldi, Peter DvorskýInternational Music Festival, International Music Festival Janacek May, the Janáček Philharmonic inOstrava, the Brno State Philharmonic, the Czech Virtuosi, the MoravianPhilharmonic of Olomouc, The Chamber Philharmonic in České Budějovice, Chamber Philharmonic in Prague, the North Bohemian Philharmonic in Teplice and others. He also collaborates with the State Philharmonic of Kosice and the Slovak Sinfonietta, most recently toured in Portugal with Vesselina Kasarova. He frequently collaborates with Polish and Slovak theatres, too. He had the pleasure to collaborate with
great Czechs and Slovaks artists of international fame such as Peter and Miro Dvorsky, Gabriela Beňačková, Eva Urbanova and Peter Mikulaš.
He often cooperates with radio and TV stations in Italy, France, Bulgariaand Czech Republic. He records CDs with his own orchestra, as well as with orchestras in Russia and Czech Republic.
With its rich experience as an opera conductor, his deep dedication and knowledge of vocal issues and a particular sensitivity to the vocal repertoire, he is highly sought after for advice and vocal interpretation (singers, Musical University, singing competitions)
Paolo Gatto is Italian mother tongue and has an excellent knowledge ofEnglish, Czech andFrench, good knowledge of Spanish,German and Slovak.
La Bohéme atto III -
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Manon Lescaut - Intermezzo
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