Giuseppe Sinopoli dirigent 1946-2001

Giuseppe Sinopoli dirigent 1946-2001

Giuseppe Sinopoli, född 2 november 1946 i Venedig, död 20 april 2001 var en italiensk dirigent och tonsättare. Sinopoli studerade komposition för Karlheinz Stockhausen. År 1984 blev han utnämnd som ledare för Philharmonia Orchestra och år 1992 för Staatskapelle Dresden.

Giuseppe Sinopoli dirigent 1946-2001

Giuseppe Sinopoli gjorde sig känd som operadirigent, speciellt av italienska verk och senromantiska tyska verk, bland annat Richard Strauss och Arnold Schönbergs tidiga produktion, och han har bland annat dirigerat vid Bayreuthfestspelen under 15 säsonger mellan 1985 och 2000. Sinopoli dog medan han dirigerade Giuseppe Verdis Aida vid Deutsche Oper i Berlin.

Taormina Arte

Sedan 2005 anordnas varje år i oktober en festival, som Taormina Arte tillägnar Giuseppe Sinopoli, som var konstnärlig ledare för detta kulturevenemangs musiksektor från 1989 till 1997. Giuseppe Sinopoli-festivalen är ett evenemang som inte enbart hyllar Sinopoli som musiker och dirigent, utan även som tonsättare, läkare, arkeolog och intellektuell person, med ett program som omfattar musik, teater, litteratur och konst, med symposier, utställningar, publikationer och naturligtvis även konserter. I festivalen deltar varje år landets främsta orkestrar.

Första gången Giuseppe Sinopoli-festivalen hölls bildades Sinopoli Chamber Orchestra, i samarbete med Messinas musikkonservatorium ”Arcangelo Corelli”, en musikensemble där unga talanger omväxlande med elever och lärare från musikkonservatoriet i Messina deltar, och som huvudsakligen framför kompositioner av Giuseppe Sinopoli.

In English

Giuseppe Sinopoli (Italian pronunciation: [dʒuˈzɛppe siˈnɔːpoli]; 2 November 1946 – 20 April 2001) was an Italian conductor and composer


Sinopoli was born in Venice, Italy, and later studied at the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory in Venice under Ernesto Rubin de Cervin and at Darmstadt, including being mentored in composition with Karlheinz Stockhausen. He also obtained a degree in medicine from the University of Padua, and completed a dissertation on criminal anthropology


Sinopoli began to make a name for himself as a composer of serial works, becoming professor of contemporary and electronic music at the Venice Conservatoire Benedetto Marcello in 1972, and a major proponent of the new movement in Venice for contemporary music. He studied conducting at the Vienna Academy of Music under Hans Swarowsky; and in Venice, founded the Bruno Maderna Ensemble in the 1970s. His single most famous composition is perhaps his opera Lou Salomé, which received its first production in Munich in 1981, with Karan Armstrong in the title role.

Sinopoli was appointed principal conductor of the Philharmonia in 1984, and served in this position until 1994, making a number of recordings with them, including music by Elgar and the complete symphonies ofMahler.  He became principal conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden in 1992. He also joined the Bayreuth Festival’s roster of conductors.

He is best known for his intense and sometimes controversial interpretations of opera, especially works by Italian composers and Richard Strauss. Sinopoli specialized in late-nineteenth century and early-twentieth century music, from Wagner and Verdi to Strauss, Mahler and the Second Viennese School. His conducting was the object of much controversy, especially in the symphonic genre, with some berating the ”eccentricity” of his interpretations, while others praised the insightfulness of his often intellectual approach to works.

Death and Legacy

On 20 April 2001, Sinopoli died of a heart attack at the age of 54 while conducting Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. The performance was dedicated to the memory of the company’s late chief director, Götz Friedrich. Two nights later, Marcello Viotti stepped in to direct Aida, and dedicated his performance to Sinopoli’s memory. The funeral in Rome on 23 April was attended by the Italian President and Prime Minister, as well as a large contingent from La Scala. He was survived by his wife Silvia and two sons.

His books include Masterpieces of Greek Ceramics from the Sinopoli Collection. He died two days before receiving his Laurea in Archeology at Università La Sapienza in Rome.

Sinopoli’s last recordings included Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos and Friedenstag, as well as Dvořák’s Stabat Mater.

Giuseppe Sinopoli Festival

Every October since 2005, Taormina Arte has dedicated a festival to Giuseppe Sinopoli, the artistic director of the Music section of the Taormina Festival from 1989 to 1997. The Giuseppe Sinopoli Festival celebrates the man not only as a musician and as a conductor but also as a composer, a doctor, an archaeologist and intellectual, with a variety of events from music and literature, theatre and art to conferences, exhibitions, publications and concerts. Every year the Festival welcomes important orchestras to Italy.

On the occasion of the first edition of the Giuseppe Sinopoli Festival the Sinopoli Chamber Orchestra was formed, in collaboration with the Conservatorio “Arcangelo Corelli” of Messina. The Orchestra, made up of young talented musicians, both pupils and teachers of the Conservatorio, mostly performs works by Giuseppe Sinopoli.

 Bayreuther Festspiele


Metropolitan Opera

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Metropolitan Opera House; 03/11/1985
Debut: Giuseppe Sinopoli
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Metropolitan Opera House; 03/14/1985
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Metropolitan Opera House; 03/20/1985
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Metropolitan Opera House; 03/23/1985
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Metropolitan Opera House; 03/27/1985
Broadcast / Telecast
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Metropolitan Opera House; 03/30/1985
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Metropolitan Opera House; 04/2/1985
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Metropolitan Opera House; 04/5/1985
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Metropolitan Opera House; 04/10/1985
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Metropolitan Opera House; 04/13/1985
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Metropolitan Opera House; 04/18/1985

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