Grammy Award Winner
Order of Canada

Gino Quilico o.c.

Performing Artist

 
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OFFICER OF THE ORDER OF CANADA

GINO QUILICO O.C.


Distinctions and honorary performances

1983 - Mr. Quilico performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in Ottawa at the National Arts Center for the new Constitution of Canada.

1986 - Private recital for Prince Charles and Princess Diana at the Canadian Ambassador’s residence in London.

1988  - Nominated Artist of the Year by Le Conseil Canadien de la Musique

1990  - Goodwill Ambassador (High Commissioner for Refugees) United Nations.

1993 - Officier of The Ordre du Canada in recognition for his musical contribution around the world

1995  - Grammy Award  for the recording of  Les Troyens by H. Berlioz  (Decca) rôle Chorèbe

2003  - GOLD Record  (Novem ,‘’Noel’’)


World Premieres:

Ghosts of Versaille (John Corigliano) at Metropolitan Opera. New York (1991)

Montségur (L.Lamdowski) Toulouse Opera, Bordeaux, Lyon, Paris Opera (1985)

L’hèritière (J”P” Damase) at Paris Opera-Comique (1980)


Cinematography:

La Boheme (G.Puccini) Opera-film directed by Luigi Commencini (1988)

L’Orfeo (C.Monteverdi) Opera-film directed by C. Goretta (1988)

L’heure Espagnol (M.Ravel)

Several other opera’s on DVD 


Discography :

Twenty seven classical recordings with:

Deutsche Grammophon, Philips, Erato, Sony Classical, London/Decca  et  EMI/Angel.


Master Classes : 

San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, Toronto, Montréal, Paris and Munich.


Formation :

University of Toronto Operatic Performance. Diploma (1978)

École d’art Lyrique of the Paris Opera (1979-1980)


Biography (Highlights)

Esteemed as an interpreter of the French and Italian repertoire, lyric baritone Gino Quilico has performed with the world’s major opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera (New York), La Scala (Milano), The Royal Opera House (London), the Vienna State Opera (Vienna), the Paris Opera, the Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich), The Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), La Fenice (Venice).


Over twenty opera recordings, including a Grammy Award for his participation in the recording of Les Troyens(Decca). His critically acclaimed solo recital recording Le Secret  (Koch International) have also firmly established Mr. Quilico in the classical recording industry. His recent recording “Noel” with Novem Inc. went Gold.


Mr. Quilico has worked with such distinguished conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Herbert Von Karajan, Leonard Bernstein, Riccardo Chailly, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta,  Michel Plasson and George Pretre.


Among the many festivals in which he has participated are those of Saltzburg, Edinburgh, Schwetzingen, Aix en Provence and Orange.


Mr. Quilico made his Metropolitan Opera  debut in 1987 as Lescaut in “Manon” and has regularly returned since in roles such as Figaro in “The Barber of Seville”, Valentin in “Faust”, Enrico in “Lucia di Lammermoor”, Ford in “Falstaff” , Belcore in “L’Elisir d’Amore” and Escamillo in “Carmen”.


At the San Francisco Opera, Mr. Quilico has appeared in the title role of “Don Giovanni”, Yeletsky in “Pique Dame”, Belcore in “Elisir d’Amore”, Lescaut in “Manon” Silvio in “Pagliacci” and Marcello in “La Boheme” which was also recorded for video release.

At the Paris Opera Mr. Quilico’s roles have included Figaro in “The Barber of Seville”, Oreste in “Iphigenie en Tauride”, Eisenstein in “Die Fledermaus”, Belcore in “Elisir d’Amore”, Enrico in “Lucia di Lamermoor”, Escamillo in “Carmen” and Yeletsky in “Pique Dame.


His performances at La Scala have included the roles of Marcello in “La Boheme”. Lescaut in “Manon’’ by Massenet and Lescaut in “Manon Lescaut” by Puccini which was recorded by Sony Classical.


With the Royal Opera in London, he has sung Posa in “Don Carlos”, as well as Valentin in “Faust”, Figaro, Marcello and Escamillo which he has also performed with the Royal Opera’s tour to Japan and Korea.


Around the world other engagements have taken Mr. Quilico to the Berlin Staatsoper, the Vienna Staatsoper for “Iphigenie en Tauride”  to Munich for “Carmen and Don Giovanni” to the Florence Maggio Musicale for “La Cenerentola”. “Don Pasquale” at La Fenice in Venice, and to Buenos Aires Teatro Colon for “Don Giovanni” and Faust. Lausanne for the title role of “Eugene Onegin” and as Renato in “Un Ballo in Maschera”.


On the concert stage, Mr. Quilico has appeared with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Montreal Symphony. In Europe he has sung with the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre Philarmonique de Radio France, and the Bayerische Rundfunk, Munich.


In the year 1987 Gino and Louis Quilico became the first father and son to perform at the Metropolitan Opera together in its 103 years of existence.  Followed by many other appearances together around the world at the Paris Opera, The Chatelet, The Canadian Opera Company and  The Toulouse Opera.


Mr. Quilico has appeared in the feature films of “La Boheme” and “Orfeo” as well as in numerous operatic videos. He has recorded for such labels as Deutsche Grammophon, EMI/Angel, Philips, Erato, Sony Classical and London/Decca. included an album of operetta duets with Barbara Hendricks for EMI.  

       

Mr. Quilico continues to pursui his career as in Canada (Montréal, Québec, Orford, Trois-Rivières) in the USA (Napa Valley, San Francisco) a new recording of Sacred songs with production XXI to be released automn 2012  with the famous organist Jacque Boucher.

With the Montreal symphony orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano, Mr. Quilico will sing in L’enfance du Christ from Berlioz december 2012. Several Christmas concerts in this same period in several cities around Quebec.


Press and letters of appréciation :

Luciano Pavarotti (Italy, août 1990)

Gino is a great talent, a great voice, a real personality and a beautiful actor. He is going to be a verdi baritone who will achieve probably one of the greatest careers of all time. He has everything. Audiences are wild about him. Its a great pleasure for me to see that.


Philadelphia Don Giovanni

NEW YORK TIMES, John Rockwell

Mr. Quilico enunciates the Italian with relish, looks handsome and acts with convincing dash.This is a real baritone Don Giovanni, elegant and light on his feet.


San Francisco Chronicle by Joshua Kosman

Quilico sounded fine, in full command of his suave, expressive baritone. Lithe and strikingly handsome, Quilico looks every bit the licentious libertine. His singing was energetic and precise, with a pleasantly dark timbre.


The Gazette, Arthur Kaptainis

Both the sneer of Quilico’s tone and the confidence with which he could occupy even a dark cranny left no doubt of his high calibre as a singing actor.


Gala Concert Montreal (La Presse) Claude Gingras

Le grand monologue de Iago dans l'Otello de Verdi le trouva en forme, comme acteur et comme chanteur. Grace à beaucoup de métier, il a meme campé des Scarpia et Germont credibles,


Bill Clinton, President of the United States of America (Personal letter – December 9th 1997)

Dear Gino –

Thank you so much for the copy of Le Secret, which Saverio Mancina passed along to me. It brings back fond memories of seeing you at the Metropolitan Opera. Hillary and I appreciate your sharing your work with us, and we send our best wishes.

Sincerely, Bill Clinton.


Brian Mulroney, Prime Minister of Canada (Personal letter – November 9th 1987)

Dear Mr. Quilico,

On behalf of the Government of Canada, I am pleased to convey to you my warmest greetings and best wishes on this historical first performance by a father and son at the Metropolitan Opera House. Canadians and, indeed, all those who have an appreciation of opera may take great pride in your accomplishments as well as your contributions to music in Canada and throughout the world. I know that your performance will reflect your commitment to musical perfection and I trust that those in the audience this evening we highly entertained.

Yours sincerely,  Brian Mulroney


Recapitulating Gino Quilico's  career highlights:

Metropolitan Opera House                        THE GHOSTS OF VERSAILLES de John Corigliano

Paris Opera House                                    PETER GRIMES with Jon Vickers

Royal Opera House                                    DON CARLOS,  a Visconti production

Vienna Staatsoper                                    IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE

Metropolitan Opera House                        CARMEN, Zeffirelli production

Teatro Colon                                                DON GIOVANNI & FAUST, at Buenos Aires

Chicago Lyric Opera                                    PÊCHEURS DE PERLES, New production

Metropolitan Opera House                        LA BOHÈME

Los Angeles Opera                                    LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, début

La Scala di Milano                                    LA BOHÈME with Roberto Alagna

La Scala di Milano                                    MANON LESCAUT, conducted by Lorin Maazel

La Scala di Milano                                    MANON, conducted by Michel Plasson

Paris Opera                                                BARBIERE DI SEVIGLIA, New Production by Dario Fo

Seville Opera House                                 BARBIERE DI SEVIGLIA, Figaro in the city of Séville

Munich Staatsoper                                    CARMEN with Placido Domingo

Deutch Grammaphone                            CARMEN, conducted by  Herbert Von Karajan

Philadelphia Opera                                    EUGENE ONEGIN, Début

Munich Staatsoper                                    LES TROYENS de Berlioz, conducted by Zubin Mehta

Hong Kong Opera                                     LA CENERENTOLA

Montreal Opera                                          OTELLO

La Scala di Milano                                     MANON, conducted by Lorin Maazel

San Francisco Opera                                 LA BOHÈME with Mirella Freni & Luciano Pavarotti

Tokyo Opera House                                   CARMEN with Jose Carreras

Montreal Symphony Orchestra                 STARMANIA,  Operatic version

Montreal Symphony Orchestra                 STARMANIA,  at the Palais des Congrès in Paris

Metropolitan Opera House                        ANDREA CHÉNIER, conducted by James Levine

Boston Symphony Orchestra                     LA VITA BREVE

Montreal Bell Center                                    NOTRE DAME DE PARIS,Quasimodo at The Bell Center

Philadelphia Opera House                        DON GIOVANNI

Metropolitan Opera House                        ELISIR D'AMORE with Luciano Pavarotti

Montreal Bell Center                                   75th anniversary of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra

Capitole de Québec                                    LES MISÉRABLES, rôle Jean Valjean, New production

Saint Barth Music Festival                        MADAME BUTTERFLY conducted by Steve Mercurio

Seoul Korea Opera                                    DON GIOVANNI

Malmô Opera                                               OTELLO

Savonlinna Opera                                      DON GIOVANNI

Montreal Symphony Orchestra                SAINT FRANÇOIS D'ASSISE conducted by Kent Nagano

Saint Barth Music Festival                        FANCIULLA DEL WEST