Giorgio Calabria's conducting activities encompass an enormous range
of repertoire from opera and ballet to 20th-century avantgarde music. He
has exposed American and European audiences to nation-wide and local premieres
of operas and symphonic works by such contemporary composers as Luigi
Dallapiccola, John Eaton,
Gian Carlo Menotti,
Luigi Nono, Francis Poulenc and Sergei Prokofiev. His operatic career
received an initial impetus by his work with Claudio Abbado at La
Scala in Milan, Carlo Maria Giulini in Florence and Nello Santi at Earl's
Court, London. He guest-conducts regularly for Chicago Opera Theater,
has been Music Director of Opera Illinois, and has conducted opera in
Florida, California, Italy, Eastern Europe, and New Zealand. In the symphonic
field, he has conducted orchestras such as the Auckland Philharmonia,
Filarmonica Moldova, Romanian Radio-Television Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia,
Milan Angelicum Orchestra, Bolzano Haydn Orchestra, Indianapolis Philharmonic,
Lafayette Symphony, Orchestra Filarmonica di Ancona, Orchestra Filarmonica
Marchigiana, Du Page Symphony, Harlem Festival Orchestra, Hidden Valley
Opera Orchestra, Milwaukee Pro Muscia Viva Ensemble.
Born in Fidenza, Italy, Pier Giorgio Calabria studied conducting in Venice with Franco Ferrara. Thanks to a Fulbright Grant from the Italian government, he continued his conducting studies at Indiana University where he earned his Master's and Doctor's degrees with dissertations on works by Debussy. Consequently, he joined the editorial staff of the Paris firm of Durand-Costallat in preparing the critical edition of Debussy's 'La Mer'.
== From the Operissimo website
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Born in the Italian city of Fidenza, Pier Giorgio Calabria studied in Venice, with Franco Ferrara as his tutor. The Italian conductor also studied comparative literature and foreign languages at Ca' Foscari University. He completed his doctoral studies "summa cum laude" with a thesis related to "WHAuden and Music". Later, he won a scholarship to study at Indiana University (USA), where he obtained his master's degree and doctorate as a conductor."I also taught literature and music in the Department of Letters and conducted Indiana University's new music ensemble," said Pier Giorgio Calabria. Later, he moved to Chicago (USA), where he was part of the faculty of the conducting department at Roosevelt University, becoming music director of the Illinois Opera and conductor of the Chicago Opera Theater. He was also musical advisor and principal conductor of the Pensacola Opera in Florida, where he still practices. "He was part of the faculty of the Faculty of Conducting at the University of Michigan (USA) and conductor of the philharmonic orchestra and the orchestra of the Conservatory of St. Cecilia (Rome). Pier Giorgio Calabria was recently invited to conduct at the San Francisco Conservatory. In Romania, he conducted the orchestras of Radiotelevision from Bucharest, the Moldova Philharmonic, Oltenia and the Operas from Iași and Craiova", the organizers claim.
== From the Romanian site Sibiu 100, July 2, 2008 (Google translation, with corrections)
== Names which are links in this box and below refer to my interviews elsewhere on my website. BD
© 1988 Bruce Duffie
This conversation was recorded in Chicago on February 29, 1988. Portions were broadcast on WNIB the following day. This transcription was made in 2023, and posted on this website at that time. My thanks to British soprano Una Barry for her help in preparing this website presentation.
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