Gino Quilico 

Performing Artist



His career spans over forty years, following a remarkable course through the most prestigious opera houses in the world: Metropolitan Opera (New York), la Scala (Milan), The Royal Opera House (London), The Berlin Staatsoper, The Vienna Staatsoper (Vienne), to name a few.

Among all his accomplishments, one must not forget his participation in the world premiere of the Opera The Ghosts of Versailles, created to mark the centennial celebrations of the Metropolitan Opera in 1991. Four years earlier, in 1987, for the first time in the history of the Metropolitan Opera of New York, a father (Louis) and his son (Gino) were singing in the same production of Manon by Massenet.

Mr. Quilico has participated in more than thirty opera recordings. In 1995, he received a Grammy Award for his participation in Les Troyen de Berlioz with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. 


It goes without saying that Gino Quilico sang under the direction of the greatest conductors of the symphonic world: Herbert Von Karajan, Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa and of course Kent Nagano and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Gino Quilico has also performed with great success musicals including Notre-Dame de Paris by Plamondon-Cocciante where he played the role of "Quasimodo" and the role of "Jean Valjean" in Les Misérables.

His life work has not been exclusively dedicated to opera and music. In 1990, he is one of the rare Canadians to be dubbed a Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations High Commission For Refugees (UNHCR).

He has always taken the promotion of opera to heart while being a worthy representative of Canadian culture. This commitment has been noted when he was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of Canada in 1993, thereby acknowledging his talent. By the same token, the Canada Music Council named him “Artist of the Year” in 1993 to recognize his exceptional contribution to classical music in Canada.

Distinctions and honorary performances

1983 - Mr. Quilico performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the National Arts Center in Ottawa 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)


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 


More than thirty classical recordings with:

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

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".

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

"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)

"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"

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

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

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

Savonlinna Opera                                      DON GIOVANNI

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