Mirko Guadagnini – tenor
Thanks to his warm and versatile voice, his repertoire ranges from baroque to Lieder, from Mozart up to the authors of 20th and 21st Century. After having won the Aslico competition in 1998, he made his operatic debut and since then his career has taken flight. His stage debut has encompassed roles in Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflote, Gianni Schicchi, The Rake’s Progress, Il Pirata, Il Matrimonio Segreto, Verdi’s Otello, Falstaff, and Armide. He has sung under the baton of many famous conductors (Riccardo Muti, Marcello Viotti, Bruno Campanella, M. Whun Chung, D.Renzetti, E. Pidò, J.E. Gardiner, U. Benedetti Michelangeli) and worked with directors of great importance (P.L. Pizzi, D. Abbado, M. Hampe, W. Decker, John Cox).
Together with great baroque maestros such as J.E. Gardiner, W. Christie, P. Neumann, O. Dantone, F. Biondi, F.Bernius, A. De Marchi, G.Antonini, E.Onofri, he has been studying the Haendel repertoire in depth – Alcina, Rinaldo, The Messiah and the Trittico Monteverdiano by Orfeo, L’incoronazione di Poppea and Il Ritorno di Ulisse in Patria, and other works by classical authors of the 16th and 17th Century such as Purcell, Pergolesi, G.B. Sammartini, and B. Marcello.
He boasts several important recordings including a rare Medieval collection (Tirreno 1993), L’Euridice by Peri (1994), Mottetti by G.C. Monteverdi (Astrée 1996), Gesualdo da Venosa (Stradivarius 1998), Arianna by B. Marcello (Chandos 1999), Memet by Sammartini (Dymanic 2001), and Orfeo by Monteverdi (Glossa 2007).
It is important to underline his passion for and his profound analysis of Lied. Together with Paolo Ceccarini and Giulio Zappa, with whom he shares this great passion, he has won the “Conegliano,” “Seghizzi,”and “Schubert” contests. He has been perfecting this knowledge of Lied working with well-known pianist Irwin Gage.
Noteworthy is his intense and dynamic work with internationally recognized orchestras, such as the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra, Radio France, Accademia of Santa Cecilia, Orchestra Rivoluzionaria e Romantica, Accademia Bizantina, l’Europa Galante, Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra della Toscana (Tuscany’s Orchestra), and Orchestra del Maggio Fiorentino.
From September 2005 to June 2007 he was the protagonist of 45 concerts completely devoted to the sacred opera omnia by Mozart (Mozartfest), together with the Mantua Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of U. Benedetti Michelangeli.
In 2005 he made his debut at the Teatro alla Scala performing Rinaldo by Haendel and in September of 2006 he returned to La Scala for the first Italian performance of Il Dissoluto Assolto by Azio Corghi. In addition to this significant list of important and indicative roles, he has also appeared as Renaud in Armide by Gluck, which recently debuted at the Tel Aviv National Theatre with great success. In April of 2007 he opened the season of Maggio Fiorentino with the first performance of Antigone by Ivan Fedele, and a performance of the Britten Serenade for tenor and orchestra at the Verdi Mahler Auditorium in Milan. In May of 2007 with the Seoul Opera he repeated the same Rinaldo by Haendel that he had performed at La Scala with P.L. Pizzi in 2005.
In one of his last records (Glossa), he played the main character in Orfeo by Monteverdi. He has performed this role in many European and international theatres to celebrate the 400th anniversary since its creation. For his performance he won a Grammy Award, a Choc du Monde award, and an Amadeus award as the best Monteverdi protagonist in 2007.
Mirko Guadagnini is the only Italian tenor of the current generation who has sung, performed, and recorded all three roles of the Trittico Monteverdiano with important conductors such as William Christie, Claudio Cavina and Rinaldo Alessandrini.