Giovanni Battista Rigon

Giovanni Battista Rigon conducted the world premiere in modern times of I Giuochi di Agrigento, an opera composed by Giovanni Paisiello in 1792 for the opening of the Fenice Theater of Venice (Festival della Valle d'Itria, 2006). On that occasion the press commented on “the careful and refined conducting by maestro Rigon, in my opinion the only acceptable from a stylistic point of view” (Paolo Isotta, Il Corriere della Sera) and noted “the extraordinary work made by Giovanni Battista Rigon, with a very high-class result. I have to follow this maestro. He has a lot to say.” (Francisco García-Rosado, Opera Actual).

The world premiere of Il Flauto Magico – the historical Italian remake of Mozart's The Magic Flute made in 1794 by Giovanni De Gamerra for Prague's Court Theater – was a great success: "Rigon (...) conducts from memory, and follows the stage with absolute precision" (Mario Messinis, Il Gazzettino).

Rigon received unanimous approvals in 2007 with L'Italiana in Algeri by Rossini: “The remarkable musical performance led by Giovanni Battista Rigon with relentless pulse and unfailing tempo choices” (Carlo Vitali, Opera Today); “Rigon dominates this music far and wide, looking to know all its secrets” (Enrico Girardi, Il corriere della sera); “Rigon signed a very theatrical edition of this opera, chafing at the bit and lively in colours” (Angelo Foletto, La Repubblica); “Rigon's Rossini's debut is also a consecration” (Cesare Galla, Il Giornale di Vicenza).

He came to conducting after many years of an international career as a chamber musician (first prize winner at Paris and Florence international competitions, pianist of Trio Italiano for almost 15 years, various collaborations with artists such as Bruno Giuranna, Raina Kabaivanska, Shlomo Mintz, Anthony Pay).

He developed his musical studies working side by side with musicians such as Bruno Giuranna, Salvatore Accardo, Bruno Canino, Jörg Demus, Dario De Rosa (Trio di Trieste), and Franco Rossi (Quartetto Italiano). He has conducted orchestras such as the Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia, the Filarmonia Veneta G.F.Malipiero, and the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto. In 2004 he conducted I Solisti dell'Olimpico in a live broadcasted concert at the Palazzo del Quirinale, official residence of the Italian president.

He is the artistic director of “Settimane Musicali al Teatro Olimpico” (Musical weeks at Teatro Olimpico), a classical music festival held in the celebrated Palladio's theater, the oldest covered theatre in the world.

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