Guido Ajmone-Marsan dirigent 1948-2015

Guido Ajmone-Marsan dirigent 1948-2015

Guido Ajmone-Marsan har studerat vid Eastman School of Music och vid Santa Cecilia Konservatoriet i Rom. 1973 vann han första priset i Rupert Foundation Competition och Georg Solti Prize. Han har gästat de ledande orkestrarna i USA. England, Italien Tyskland, Danmark, Schweiz, Sverige och Australien.

Guido Ajmone-Marsan dirigent 1948-2015

Festival dei due Mondi i Spoleto 1976 inledde Guido Ajmone-Marsan dirigent karriär som operadirigent och han har sedan dirigerat vid många av världens ledande operahus, bl a Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera, English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, Teatro Colon i Buenos Ayres, Teatro Municipal i Santiago och Deutsche Oper i Berlin.

Gelders orkest

Guido Ajmone-Marsan har varit förstedirigent vid Gelders Orkest in Arnhem, chefdirigent vid Orchestra of Illinois (Chicago) och operachef i Essen. Han var 1991-95 dirigent vid Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.

Metropolitan Opera

[Met Performance] CID:302030
Rigoletto {666}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/26/1990
Debut: Guido Ajmone-Marsan, Sharon Thomas
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Rigoletto {667}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/29/1990
[Met Performance] CID:302100
Rigoletto {668}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/3/1990
[Met Performance] CID:302140
Rigoletto {669}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/6/1990
[Met Performance] CID:302230
Rigoletto {670}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/16/1990
[Met Performance] CID:302270
Rigoletto {671}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/20/1990
[Met Performance] CID:302300
Rigoletto {672}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/23/1990
[Met Performance] CID:302330
Rigoletto {673}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/26/1990
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Rigoletto {674}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/4/1991
[Met Performance] CID:303060 
Rigoletto {675}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/9/1991
[Met Performance] CID:303090
Rigoletto {676}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/12/1991

Obituary published in The Guardian

My colleague and friend Guido Ajmone-Marsan, who has died aged 67 from cancer, was an Italian-American conductor who excelled in a wide range of repertoire. He had a particular affinity with the great operas of Verdi and Puccini.

He was born in Turin,

The family moved first to Montreal, Quebec, then to Washington DC, where Guido grew up. He went to school in Bethesda, Maryland, and from there to the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, from where he graduated in conducting in 1968. His talent brought him to the attention of Franco Ferrara, who considered Guido to be one of his most outstanding students.

From the age of 22 he won several conducting competitions. His big international break came in 1973, when he won both the Rupert Foundation competition in London and the International Conductors’ Competition Sir Georg Solti in Chicago one month later. Following Guido’s success, Solti took a keen interest in the development of his career.

He was soon in demand worldwide, appearing with leading orchestras such as the Orchestre de Paris, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, and in London with the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and London Symphony Orchestras.

In 1982 he shared the conducting of a concert to mark the centenary of the birth of Stravinsky with Leonard Bernstein; it was given in Venice by the orchestra of La Scala, Milan. His Covent Garden debut came the following year, and in 1990 he made a triumphant debut at the Met with Rigoletto.

He was also music director of the Essen Opera in Germany (1986-90) and was responsible for a great revival of that company’s fortunes. For many years, he was a regular conductor at the New York City Opera, where, in 1996, he conducted a memorable performance of Falstaff with Sherrill Milnes.

Guido Ajmone-Marsan was a delight to be with, both on and offstage, his gently introverted nature giving way to unexpected bouts of laughter and he invariably displayed a generosity of spirit towards his colleagues.

Guido Ajmone-Marsan conducted his final concert with the Nuremberg Symphony in November 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Helle, their three children and two grandchildren.

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