Italian conductor Evelino Pidò made his Royal Opera debut in 1993 conducting Il barbiere di Siviglia and has since conducted Così fan tutte, Il corsaro, L’elisir d’amore, La Cenerentola, Lucia di Lammermoor, Don Pasquale, Faust, Il turco in Italia and Les Contes d’Hoffmann.
Pidò trained at the Turin Conservatory and the Vienna Academy. He played as a bassoonist in the orchestra of La Scala, Milan, before beginning his international career as a conductor after an appearance at the Melbourne Festival of the Three Worlds. Renowned for his interpretations of Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti, his appearances in this repertory include Guillaume Tell for La Monnaie, Brussels, Norma for Opéra de Lyon and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, La sonnambula for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, I puritani for Teatro Real, Madrid, and Anna Bolena and La Cenerentola for Vienna State Opera. Other operatic engagements include Semiramide for Opéra de Lyon, La Wally for Grand Théâtre de Genève, Rigoletto for the Bolshoi Theatre, La traviata for Liceu, Barcelona, Simon Boccanegra with Plácido Domingo for the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Valencia, Adriana Lecouvreur for La Monnaie and with Angela Gheorghiu for Vienna State Opera and Tosca for Paris Opéra.
Pidò has conducted symphonic repertory with such orchestras as the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. His recordings include L’elisir d’amore for Decca and an award-winning La sonnambula with Natalie Dessay for EMI. In 2012 he won the Bellini d’Oro Prize for his interpretations of Bellini.
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