Acclaimed for his Bellini and Donizetti interpretations, Evelino Pidò regularly conducts at the main European opera houses including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Opéra de Lyon, Opéra Bastille and the Grand Théâtre de Genève. He made his Wiener Staatsoper debut in 2011 with a new production of Anna Bolena starring Anna Netrebko and took the Wiener Staatsoper on tour to Japan in November 2012
After his musical studies at Turin Conservatoire, Evelino Pidò finished his training as a conductor at Vienna Academy. His career took an international turn at the opening of the Melbourne Festival of the Three Worlds. He was invited to Australia in five consecutive seasons, including engagements at Sydney Opera House and for a long tour with the ABC Symphony Orchestras.
He made his American début at Santa Fe Opera in 1993, resulting in repeat invitations for the following four seasons, and an engagement at Los Angeles Opera. In the same year, he made his début at the Royal Opera House in London. In 1995, he conducted at the Festival d’Aix en Provence and at the Opéra Bastille in Paris. A regular conductor at the main Italian opera houses, Evelino Pidò has also conducted at the Festival d’Orange, at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, at Opéra Bastille, at the Châtelet and at the Théâtre des Champs Élysées.
He was invited back to the Royal Opera House in London in December 2003, and established an ongoing relationship with the house over the following seasons. He also established conducting relationships with the Opéra de Lyon, the Opéra Bastille and at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. In 2008, he made his début at the Teatro Real in Madrid with Gioconda, and conducted a new production of Sonnambula at the Metropolitan Opera, New York. He made his début at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2011 with a new production of Anna Bolena starring Anna Netrebko, and took the Wiener Staatsoper on tour to Japan in November 2012. At the Royal Opera House, London, he conducted Faust in 2011 with Angela Gheorghiu.
Evelino Pidò is equally at home with symphonic repertoire: he has conducted the main Italian orchestras, as well as most notably the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
His discography includes Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore with the Orchestra and Choir of the Opéra de Lyon for Decca; a CD of Rossini Overtures with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; two recordings with Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu for EMI; a CD of arias with Nathalie Dessay and the Concerto Köln; and Sonnambula with Nathalie Dessay for EMI Virgin, which won the Diapason d’or, and which is critically acknowledged as a benchmark recording of this opera.
Evelino Pidò is represented by Intermusica.
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"Evelino Pidò is a specialist in this repertory [Donizetti] and he leads the Geneva forces in a well balanced account of what many people consider Donizetti's masterpiece”.
C. Mackenzie, Gramophone, January 2013
Gounod Roméo et Juliette / La Monnaie
“The star of the show was Evelino Pidò, who conducted the uncut version of the piece (excluding only the ballet) with real fervour, whilst the Orchestre Symphonique de la Monnaie followed his every movement.”
Luxemburger Wort, March 2013
“…Gounod intended his ‘Roméo et Juliette’ to belong to the great tradition of French Romantic historical operas. And that’s exactly how Evelino Pidò interpreted the piece, with invigorating energy.”
Le Soir, March 2013
“The conductor, Evelino Pidò, launched into the piece like a whirlwind. For three and a half hours, from moments of vehemence down to the softest murmur, he did not slacken for one second: no hesitation, no lulls, just a terrific sense of energy paired with a natural flexibility, giving the singers freedom within his shaping of the piece.”
La Libre Belgique, March 2013
“…playing with intimacy and power… Under the expert conducting of Evelino Pidò, the orchestra was definitely the biggest factor in the performances’s success.”
Crescendo Magazine, March 2013
Donizetti Anna Bolena / Wiener Staatsoper at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
“Evelino Pidò is an ideal Donizettian conductor – the Vienna State Opera Orchestra offered him its most Italian sound and the extra polish of an orchestra used to Mozart and R. Strauss. He produced the ideal balance between orchestra and singers, never let rhythms sag, found excitement in buoyancy rather than in weight (as this repertoire demands) and made his musicians sing with the singers, not only in solo passages. This alone would have made this performance worth the while”.
Wordpress, October 2012
Gounod Faust / Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
dir. David McVicar
Much praise is also due to Evelino Pidò, who conducted with tremendous relish and stopped the undeniable soupiness in the score from turning glutinous.
Rupert Christiansen, The Independent, September 2011
“Evelino Pidò, whose recordings with Natalie Dessay (Lucie de Lammermoor and La sonnambula) have impressed so much, inspired the Covent Garden orchestra to great things, invoking the heavenly and the hellish with equal relish and, respectively, sensitivity and infernal energy”.
Evan Dickerson, Seen and Heard International, September 2011
Donizetti Don Pasquale / Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
dir. Jonathan Miller
“Evelino Pidò is completely at home with Donizetti's demanding score, his orchestra gave its considerable all”.
Paul Levy, The Wall Street Journal, September 2010
“Conducting by Evelino Pidò, an excellent replacement for the late Charles Mackerras, gave a thrill to the overture before launching into some lyrical moments, and pacing things very well”.
Mark Ronan’s Theatre Review, September 2010